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
  • Thursday, July, 09, 2015 Rescuing Community Pools

    Many public pools have fallen on hard times in recent years and a large number have closed forever. The effort to save aging pools is not only a struggle for places to play and exercise — it's also a fight for the character and future of the communities they serve. Read the introduction to this story here.

    How long is the average lifespan of a public swimming pool? Is it 30 years, 40, 50 or more? Although...

  • Wednesday, July, 08, 2015 Introduction: Rescuing Community Pools

    In the July edition of AQUA Architecture, I tackled the subject of why public pools are closing at an alarming rate — and what can be done about it. It's a vast topic that cuts across a number of issues critical to the long-term success of the pool...

  • Tuesday, June, 30, 2015 Designing Hugh Hefner’s Grotto

    A look at the cover.Earlier this month, my very close friends, Suzanne and Ron Dirsmith, published a wonderful book about their experiences working with Hugh Hefner designing much of his famous Playboy Mansion West. I’ve known the Dirsmiths nearly twenty years now and have witnessed the challenges they’ve faced in bringing this work to print, an effort that’s stretched over well more than a...

  • Tuesday, June, 23, 2015 The World's Largest Mineral Spa Resort
    photo of Haiku mineral spa resortphoto of Haiku mineral spa resortphoto of Haiku mineral spa resort
  • Thursday, June, 11, 2015 Vinyl-Liner Pools: Looking More Like Gunite All the Time

    The evolution of liner pools from the cookie cutter to custom stands as one of the industry's true success stories. The rising tide of liner options has been driven by equal parts technical innovation from manufacturers and business chutzpah from forward-thinking builders. Here AQUA's senior editor discusses a segment of the pool construction market that many believe has changed more than any other.

    Of the three common types of pool structures – vinyl liner, fiberglass and...

  • Thursday, June, 04, 2015 In a Time of Dryness
    photo of an empty pool | David H.Seymour

    California's current four-year drought, the worst in 125 years of recorded precipitation, has created a dust storm of rhetoric and a whirlwind of both enacted and proposed restrictions. The governor has issued a statewide mandate for 25 percent reductions of residential and industrial water...

  • Wednesday, April, 29, 2015 Historic Restoration Tour: The Pool at Robinson Gardens

    Our final stop on this tour led us to the exquisitely beautiful Virginia Robinson Gardens, the very first estate built in the legendarily opulent enclave of Beverly Hills. Although also perched on a hilltop and only a few miles away from downtown L.A., it felt like we were in a completely different world.

  • Wednesday, April, 29, 2015 Historic Restoration Tour: Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial

  • Wednesday, April, 29, 2015 Historic Resoration Tour: "Hey Rookie" Pool

    photo of Gaffey Street Pool

    A month later I found myself again joining Bill for a round of visits to three historic sites in and around Los Angeles. As was the case for the Neptune Pool, all three have significant cultural value and are in need of renovation. And they are all coincidentally situated on hilltops with dazzling views of the surrounding areas.

  • Monday, March, 16, 2015 Historic Restorations

    Recently, I had the pleasure of joining Bill Rowley on site visits to four historic aquatic installations where his prowess as an engineer is being used to breathe new life into bodies of water badly in need of renovation work. It was an honor to watch one of the most revered and influential figures in the industry. Here is a brief report on the commencement of the work.