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 eric@aquamagazine.com.
  • Wednesday, March, 20, 2019 Getting the Gunk Out

    Last month, we published a discussion about the murky subject of biofilm. I researched and wrote the story to fill in what...

  • Tuesday, March, 19, 2019 Leak Detection and Home Inspection

    Lance Anderson, president of Anderson Manufacturing, an innovator in the leak detection process for decades, has seen the industry segment evolve and grow over the years. Here, as a follow-up to last month’s AQUA feature on pool inspections for homebuyers, Anderson offers his thoughts on where leak detection leaks fits into the home inspection process and how a new technical innovation may offer a big assist.

    AQUA: How does leak detection factor into real estate...

  • Tuesday, March, 12, 2019 A Polymer Solution to Pool Finish Challenges

    The pool and spa industry desperately needs a new interior-finish alternative, at least according to coatings specialist and inventor Peter Gibson. He passionately believes the inherently corrosive environment of pool and spa water demands an impervious alternative to plaster, exposed aggregates, paint, vinyl and traditional fiberglass coatings.

    That's why he has spent years pursuing such an alternative, an effort that led to invention of GlassCoat. Based on technology used by the...

  • Thursday, March, 07, 2019 Chemistry Automation: Always in Command

    Although electronics to automate and control water chemistry in pools and spas have been around for decades, the technology and the way it’s used have significantly advanced in recent years. The impact is being felt on both the commercial and residential sides of the industry, benefiting consumers and professionals alike. From independent service technicians to operators of large-scale pool and spa facilities, the ability to monitor, record and control key chemical constituents has become...

  • Thursday, February, 28, 2019 Project Management: A Technological Sea Change

    Building swimming pools and spas can be a surprisingly complex and multifaceted process. From the initial customer contact to filling the vessel with water, success means managing, integrating, coordinating and recording every step along the way.

    That's why most builders will testify that the most important person in the process, second only to the client, is the project manager. More than the salesperson, designer or even company president, the man or woman overseeing the physical...

  • Thursday, February, 21, 2019 Purveying the Florida Dream

    Born and raised in the Sunshine State, Brett Holland grew up at the side of his late father, Mike Holland, learning not only how to build beautiful pool/spa environments, but equally important, why it is imperative to include the clients in the design process.

    "Some of my fondest memories of my father were poolside," he recalls. "He showed me how important it is to look at the work from the client's point of view. I find most people hardly spend any time out back. The ultimate goal...

  • Thursday, February, 21, 2019 Is There Potential in Inflatable Pools?

    This past December I read with great interest a market research report about the future of the global inflatable and portable pools market published by Research and Markets, a Dublin-based global market research firm. The report caught my eye because the research indicated that by 2023, the market for the most affordable form of pool is estimated to boast a 13-percent compound annual growth rate.

    That’s a potentially very big number that can only be the result of market trends...

  • Tuesday, February, 19, 2019 Fast as Fiberglass

    Few would argue that when it comes to hiring laborers these days, it's a sellers market. As is true throughout the construction industry, pool builders consistently report that hiring laborers is one of the greatest challenges they face.

    "It's almost impossible," says Brent Handy, owner and president of Paragon Pools in Lake City, Fla. "The vast majority of people we encounter when we try to fill a position are typically either older people who lack skill sets and are just looking...

  • Thursday, January, 24, 2019 The S-POOL Is Coming To Florida

    Back in May 2018, the AQUA team covered an Israeli company called S-POOL, which produces prefabricated concrete pool shells. The technique was based on a process used to make bomb shelters, which are in effect turned upside down and made into swimming pools.

    Following our coverage, the company began searching for U.S. firms to establish manufacturing operations in North America. That search led to Brad...

  • Thursday, January, 24, 2019 Real Estate Pool Inspections

    Pool are usually inspected for a specific reason. For example, it’s common to see inspections for overall safety, energy efficiency, structural integrity, surface issues, water quality or leaks. In these instances, the goal of an inspection is to identify specific problems in the pool system.

    Then there’s the other kind of inspection: those that take place as part of a real estate transaction, where the pool inspector’s job is to provide an overall “snapshot” of the pool’s...