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, March, 25, 2014 APSP Chips In 20K For Drought Campaign

    APSP has joined the effort to provide a clear voice for the industry in drought-stricken California with a donation of $20,000 to the California drought relief campaign, Let’s Pool Together. The money was awarded through APSP's charitable foundation, World of Recreational Water.

    “For some time now we've been working with the California Pool & Spa Association, IPPSA and others to create a unified industry response to this crisis,” Rich Gottwald, APSP CEO &...

  • Tuesday, March, 18, 2014 Industry Summit Slated For August

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) has announced the 2014 Industry Summit will be held Aug. 18-20 at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. The theme for the Summit is “Facing Change. Taking Charge.”

    Every two years, APSP brings together hundreds of industry CEOs and senior level decision makers to discuss the most substantive topics affecting the pool, spa, and hot tub industry. 

    APSP Industry Summit sponsors are Watkins Manufacturing and...

  • Tuesday, March, 18, 2014 CPSA Launches Drought Awareness Campaign

    The California Pool and Spa Association (formerly SPEC) kicked-off its new name change and Drought Crisis Awareness Campaign, titled “Let’s Pool Together,” last Thursday evening at the Western Pool & Spa Show in Long Beach, California.  Chairman Mike Geremia and President John Norwood made comments before a crowd of more than four hundred pool and spa professionals representing all segments of the industry. 

    In response to California’s...

  • Thursday, February, 13, 2014 POOLCORP Reports Record 2013

    POOLCORP, the largest distributor of swimming pool products in the United States, today announced full year 2013 results.

    Net sales for the year ended December 31, 2013 increased 6% to a record high of $2.08 billion, compared to $1.95 billion in 2012. Base business sales increased 6%, including a 6% increase from swimming pool product sales. According to the company, base business sales...

  • Tuesday, February, 11, 2014 Attack The Spa's Biofilm Sanctuaries
    photo of germs in the crosshairs

    The behavior of colonizing creatures in the natural world is endlessly fascinating. Books and TV programs are devoted to the astonishing feats of intelligent cooperation performed by supposedly dumb ants, for instance, who can organize themselves to build complex structures like shelters, boats and bridges at a moment's notice, often out of...

  • Thursday, January, 23, 2014 The Incredible Mistake a Service Pro Made
    photo of iced-over road

    So you’re draining a pool in a northern, frost-bound state in January — because, you know, that’s high season for pool draining in the North — and as usual, there’s the problem of what to do with all that water.

    You ponder for a moment, surveying the scene. “Ah,” you say to yourself, “I’ll just run it down that...

  • Tuesday, January, 14, 2014 Dead Zones: How They Happen and How to Avoid Them
    rendering of a vinyl liner pool

    Historians tell us that Genghis Khan worshipped freely coursing spring water and could become violent if it were allowed to become sluggish or fouled. So we must infer the Great Khan was a pool man before all the plundering started.

    The ruthless leader of the Mongol Horde knew — as does anyone that takes a moment to...

  • Thursday, December, 05, 2013 SLIDESHOW: What You Can Do With An Aboveground Pool

    Aboveground pools are known for their value and functionality, not their charming asthetic, but that's not always a fair assessment. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder — or in this case, the pool owner.

    As AQUA's aboveground pictorial plainly shows, with some quality decking, fencing, landscaping and a few flourishes, the pedestrian aboveground pool can turn heads all around the neighborhood.

  • Tuesday, December, 03, 2013 Internet Sales Tax Update

    Readers of AQUA will remember coverage earlier this year of efforts in the U.S. Congress to craft a bill which would require online retailers to charge sales tax just as brick-and-mortar retailers do.

    The Senate version of the bill, dubbed the Marketplace Fairness Act, passed easily in May. The bill has since taken up long-term residence in the House, where there is no guarantee it will make it to a vote. 

    Supporters say it is needed out of fairness to traditional retail...

  • Tuesday, November, 26, 2013 APSP And IHTA Join Forces

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) and the International Hot Tub Association (IHTA) have agreed to work as a single entity to unite and strengthen the portable spa industry in North America and abroad. 

    The Board of Directors of both organizations unanimously voted to combine forces to speak with one voice on all technical and governmental issues related to hot tubs. The agreement calls for combined financial resources to gain operating efficiencies and...