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, March, 10, 2015 Pool Covers as Art
    swimming pool cover thumbnail images

    The automatic pool cover offers exciting possibilities as a medium for art or personal expression. It has taken a while for the idea to emerge, but sooner or later, almost every practical invention becomes part of the designer's canvas.

  • Wednesday, February, 25, 2015 Principles and Methods

    photo of a pool waterfall

    In this month's edition of AQUA Architecture you'll find a terrific project profile by my good friends Sheri and Roger Soares, owners of HydroScapes, a custom design/build firm in Scottsdale, Ariz. Like just about all the stories we run in this section, there are some useful ideas that can be taken away and adapted to your own business.

  • Wednesday, January, 28, 2015 Natural Origins: The Pursuit of a Chemical-Free Pool

    "Natural swimming pools," or pools that replace chemical treatment with natural processes, have been around nearly 30 years. And while they are widely accepted in Europe and elsewhere, they remain obscure in the U.S. The man widely credited with inventing the Natural Pool, Austrian Peter...

  • Thursday, January, 22, 2015 Keeping Pace with Technology
    photo of an alternative pool sanitizer

    Back in late October of last year, AQUA Executive Editor Scott Webb asked me to research and write a story about UV sanitation systems in spas and hot tubs. That piece, which appears in this issue, is essentially a follow up to a feature I wrote for our July 2014 issue covering alternative sanitizers, specifically ozone, UV and...

  • Wednesday, January, 14, 2015 The Power of Influence
    photo of a Farley pool project

    Have you ever heard the phrase, “Good writers borrow, great writers steal.”…?

    I first heard it back in college from an instructor who attributed the quote to T.S. Elliot. It was part of a terrific lecture about the way creative minds use prior works to fuel their own efforts. The basic idea is that the better you are...

  • Tuesday, November, 18, 2014 The Pool Industry: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful
    photo of palm trees near the ocean and a pool drain

    Over the past year, I’ve leveled some fairly heavy criticism at the pool construction industry. Some of you have taken me to task over my comments about our industry’s reluctance to embrace change and my speculation about why there seems to be an ongoing spate of construction defects and failures. Others have been...

  • Tuesday, October, 21, 2014 NY Settles $5M Crypto Suit

    After nine years of litigation and legal wrangling, New York State recently reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit stemming from a 2005 outbreak of cryptosporidium. Over 2,500 plaintiffs will share $5 million paid by the state as reparations for infections suffered after being exposed to the waterborne disease at the Seneca Lake spray park from June 1 to August 17, 2005. 

    The settlement coincides with the publication of the Model Aquatic Health Code, a sweeping document...

  • Wednesday, October, 15, 2014 Material Memories
    photo of stone pool tiling

    When I was a kid, my grandfather had a passion for geology and loved sharing what he knew with me. We would go to gem and mineral shows, go hiking for specimens and spend long hours in his workshop selecting, cutting and polishing stones. He was a quiet guy, didn’t say much, but when it came to appreciating geodes, quartz, marble, lava rocks and...

  • Thursday, October, 09, 2014 The Pool of the Future
    rendering of OVA Studios' 'Swimarium'
    Courtesy OVA Studio Limited

    It may very well be the most elaborate swimming pool concept ever. The “Swimarium” is the brainchild of visionary Hong Kong design group OVA Studios; it is an idea so bold, so technically advanced, it remains to be seen if one will ever be built. Yet even in concept, it might...

  • Thursday, September, 25, 2014 Serving Those Who Serve
    photo of Sgt. Brian Jergens and Paolo Bendetti
    Jergens, left, and Benedetti, right

    On August 7, 2011, Sgt. Brian Jergens suffered severe injuries during first deployment to Afghanistan when an IED explosion hit the Humvee he was driving. As a result of the blast, he lost both of his legs below the knee, suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, hearing loss,...