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.
  • Monday, May, 06, 2019 Drug Tests: Yes or No?

    Back in 2003, a service guy I know rolled his truck in heavy rush-hour traffic on one of L.A.’s busiest freeways. He was carrying cal hypo, an extremely flammable form of chlorine, which mixed with some other pool chemicals during the crash and caught fire. The freeway had to be shut down for four hours in both directions while a hazmat crew dealt with the cleanup. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured.

    He was found to be high on meth and alcohol at the time of the accident. It...

  • Tuesday, April, 30, 2019 Package Pools in the Mix

    A building company that can serve its entire market, from top to bottom, will be stronger and more resilient in the face of economic change. For this reason, many builders now offer all three types of pool construction methods — concrete, vinyl and fiberglass — giving them the ability to finely match the pool with the client. In that array of options, package pools occupy a space next to the infinitely customizable world of concrete and the prefabricated expediency of...

  • Tuesday, April, 16, 2019 Checking in With RO

    Reverse osmosis systems have been around a long time in large-scale applications such as treating public water, desalination and various types of manufacturing processes that require pristine water quality. The technology is used to treat water for everything from brewing beer to manufacturing semiconductors. And whenever you hear the term "desalination," RO is the core technical reference.

    The process involves using high pressure to force water through membranes that have the...

  • Tuesday, April, 09, 2019 Poisonous Toads Invade Florida Pools

    While spring is the time when people return to pools in droves, not all aquatic incursions are welcome. In fact, some can be downright hazardous. Such is the case with cane toads, an invasive species of toad that is both poisonous and capable of reproducing in huge numbers under favorable conditions...like swimming pools.

    Case in point, the great...

  • 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...