Eric Herman
A writer/editor with 32 years experience covering a wide range of business, technical, scientific and cultural topics, Eric joined the AQUA staff in August 2011 following 12 years as editor and co-founder of WaterShapes Magazine. He now serves as AQUA's senior editor. He can be reached at
  • Tuesday, August, 28, 2012 Eco-Friendly Pool Draining
    photo of drain cover that says Dump No Waste! Drains to Waterways
    Pool discharge carries more than just H2O

    There was a time when draining a pool was a fairly straightforward exercise. There might be issues involved, depending on the location of the pool and the means of discharge, but beyond that, there was little to worry about.


  • Thursday, August, 02, 2012 The Magic Of A Modest Backyard Pool
    tracing of a pool photo

    When I was nine years old way back in the spring of 1970, our next-door neighbors in La Mirada, Calif., decided to have a swimming pool installed in their backyard. As news items went in my young world, this one qualified as the story of the century.

    From my perspective, the timing couldn't have been sweeter. I was already smitten with our...

  • Thursday, July, 26, 2012 The Future Of Fiberglass Pools

    As the economy improves and the pool industry regroups, the time may be ripe for fiberglass pools to make their move. Proponents feel their concept of creating bodies of water for a broad spectrum of consumers positions them well to offer a powerful alternative to traditional gunite/plaster and vinyl- liner pools.

  • Tuesday, July, 10, 2012 The Evolution Of Concrete Color In Pools

    Although swimming pools have come a long way since the days when white plaster was the only surface option, many designers still believe there...

  • Tuesday, July, 03, 2012 Who Are The Pool Design Masters?
    image of poolCourtesy Paco Pools and Spas

    For years now, I’ve taken the view that aquatic design — a field in which I would include pools, spas, and also ponds, streams, waterfalls, fountains, marine exhibits, Asian gardens, water parks and constructed wetlands — should be considered both an emerging art form and hopefully someday an academic...

  • Tuesday, June, 26, 2012 Scenes of Beauty: A Wright Legacy - Taliesin West
    image of Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZPhotos courtesy Eric Herman

    Frank Lloyd Wright began work on the hypnotically beautiful Taliesin West in 1937 at age 70. Located in the dramatic arid landscape of the Sonora Desert in Scottsdale Ariz., at the foot of the McDowell Mountains overlooking the Paradise Valley, the 500-acre site had no water, electricity and no...

  • Thursday, June, 21, 2012 Essential Filtration
    photo of curvy pool

    Few stop to consider the point, but the technologies we view as a daily matter of doing business in the pool and spa industry are really just smaller versions of some of the most massive, complex and important hydraulic systems ever created. Within this broader framework, there's an opportunity to better understand the past, present and future of water...

  • Monday, June, 11, 2012 Dealing With Customers' Bad Taste In Pool Design

    Eric HermanThere are few generalizations that hold up across the board almost without exception, but if there’s one that does it can be found in the old adage “opinions are like noses, everybody has one.” Yes, opinions are universal to us humans and if there’s a place that nugget doesn’t hold up, there are some people who unfortunately don’t have a nose. 

  • Monday, June, 04, 2012 The Case for Automatic Pool Covers

    There’s so much good to say about automatic covers, let’s get the negatives out of the way first. The downsides really boil down to two things: First automatic covers are expensive, depending who you ask and the product being used, an automatic cover might add anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 to a residential pool or more in some of the trickier applications.

  • Tuesday, May, 15, 2012 Builder Voices: Mike Farley
    photo of Mike Farley, Landscape architect, designer and project manager, Claffey Pools, Southlake, Texas
    Mike Farley, Landscape architect, designer and project manager, Claffey Pools, Southlake, Texas. Mike Farley has been designing and building custom swimming pools and surrounding landscapes for more than 20 years in both California and Texas. He holds a degree in landscape