Scott Webb
Scott Webb has been with AQUA magazine in one capacity or another since April 2001; he now serves as executive editor. Scott has a degree from University of Cincinnati in aerospace engineering and lives in Madison, Wisc. To get in touch, email him at
  • Tuesday, June, 02, 2015 Sanitizing Choices

    The Southwest drought has focused our attention on the practice of draining pools. In some California counties it's flat-out illegal; in the rest of America, it's merely expensive.

    Just to recap the situation in bone-dry California, a growing list of municipalities have banned the practice of draining and refilling pools. Even where it remains legal, draining is frowned upon in a state that is now serious about its water supply. Pool water running down the sewer looks like wanton...

  • Thursday, May, 28, 2015 VIDEO: 2015 State of the Industry Report - Builder

    We're wrapping up SOI month on AQUA with the results of our builder survey. How did pool builders do over the last year? What's the best way to market your business? And what features are most popular among customers? All the answers and more are in this video.

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  • Tuesday, May, 26, 2015 2015 SOI Service Video: Meet Matt the Pool Guy

    In every State of the Industry survey, service pros tell us about the more enjoyable parts of an average day on the job. We used these nuggets to create the animated work day of Matt the Pool Guy, serviceman extraordinaire.

  • Thursday, May, 21, 2015 VIDEO: 2015 State of the Industry Report - Service

    Every year, the State of the Industry survey details the financial health of the service sector, rising product trends and the daily life of a service pro. Here are a few highlights from the survey — turn to the May 2015 issue for the full report. 

    RELATED: Matt the Pool Guy shares what service guys love about their jobs.  

  • Tuesday, May, 19, 2015 Concrete, Heal Thyself!

    Concrete is one of the most popular building materials in history. It forms our cities and roads, and a good percentage of our swimming pools and decks. But concrete has always had a major flaw — the tendency to crack.

    An inventor in The Netherlands believes he has the solution — dormant bacteria that come to life when water trickles through a new crack, and work to seal the breach.

    Microbiologist Henk Jonkers, of Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands started...

  • Wednesday, May, 13, 2015 Pool Plaster Standard Proposed

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals has announced a new draft standard for the plastering of swimming pools and spas. 

    The standard, called the Board of Standards Review/APSP/International Code Council/National Plasterers Council – 12 201X, covers the material and application for the plastering of cementitious finish coatings for in-ground swimming pools or other cementitious water-containment vessels. It sets forth the identification and stipulation of non-structural...

  • Tuesday, May, 12, 2015 YMCA And NSPF Announce Training Agreement

    YMCA of the USA is phasing out the current Pool Operator on Location training program and replacing it with a training option aligned with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Model Aquatic Health Code. As part of this commitment, Y-USA has signed a Preferred Vendor Agreement with the National Swimming Pool Foundation to deliver the Certified Pool/Spa Operator Certification. 

    “Adopting the CPO Certification program makes sense. It facilitates our compliance with the...

  • Thursday, April, 30, 2015 POOLCORP Reports Strong Equipment, Supply Sales

    In a report indicating continued growth for the pool industry, Pool Corporation today reported record results for the first quarter of 2015, demonstrating strength in sales of swimming pool equipment, parts and supplies and other backyard related products.

    According to the report, consumers continue to invest in their outdoor living spaces, which often include pool and deck refurbishment and more energy-efficient equipment. Also, warmer-than-normal weather in POOLCORP's year-round...

  • Thursday, April, 30, 2015 Upcoming Asian, NZ Pool And Spa Shows

    Although trade show season in North America is a fall/winter sport, on the other side of the world, the season is just kicking into gear. Three shows will open in the coming weeks in China, Singapore and New Zealand.

    China International Sauna, Spa & Pool Fair 2015 will run May 9-11 at the China Import & Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou. 

    According to show organizers, the annual event will cover 18,000 square meters in area and feature 300...

  • Thursday, April, 23, 2015 New Hot Tub Labeling

    New standard puts energy consumption labels on hot tubs 

    A new standard has been announced by APSP which will put a comprehensive energy label on hot tubs, enabling consumers to use a unit's energy consumption in choosing a hot tub to purchase. States that adopt the new standard will require such labeling on all hot tubs sold.