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 scott@aquamagazine.com.
  • Thursday, June, 14, 2018 Hot Tub Tax Relief

    I’ve always believed that one day hot tubs will get full credit for the health benefits they provide and be seen as the medical devices they really are. The research is out there to back this up; it seems like more arrives every year. But more importantly, you can feel it — physically sense the healing effects of hot tub use. When people feel it, they get it.

    The foundation of this official recognition exists today. Hot tub health benefits are recognized by the IRS and some state...

  • Tuesday, May, 15, 2018 Service Report 2018: Rising Fortunes

    For years, the service sector has enjoyed unique advantages over other sectors of the recreational water business, and those advantages remain in 2018.

    Unlike retail, which faces aggressive competition from outside the industry, and the builder segment, which is subject to the vagaries of new-pool demand, service is buoyed by a large installed base and consumers' ever-greater need to delegate work. Each year, more and more people are attracted to the idea of letting someone else...

  • Tuesday, April, 24, 2018 Filter Media: Glass Gains

    A sand filter is filled with sand, right?

    That used to be true, but more pool professionals across the country are filling sand filters with a granular mix of crushed, recycled glass — despite its higher cost. Reasons for this media migration range from performance to convenience to the desire to help the planet (or at least make customers feel like they're helping the planet).

    AQUA spoke with three pool companies across the country — one from the West, one from the East and...

  • Tuesday, April, 10, 2018 A Big Announcement from AQUA

    Years ago in the pool and spa industry, there was a prestigious award program for pool and spa companies known as the AQUA 100. Membership was restricted to companies that could demonstrate excellence in areas such as customer service, product knowledge, store design, marketing and promotion.

    The goal was to foster professionalism and commercial distinction in the pool and spa industry by shining a light on some of the industry’s best examples. At the same time, members of the AQUA...

  • Tuesday, March, 27, 2018 "Alexa, Turn My Pool On!"

    Advances in home automation have accelerated in recent years, as the idea of buying products to automatically perform tasks around the home has caught on, especially with younger homeowners. Alongside this movement has been the rapid growth of intelligent voice command devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, which can be used to control a "smart" home.

    Voice command devices now direct the performance of a vast array of mundane, traditional home tasks — everything from adjusting...

  • Tuesday, March, 06, 2018 Finding the Next Generation

    The current weakness started out as the industry’s great strength — individual entrepreneurs building unique small businesses as the pool and spa market grew. Few of them grew particularly large; most of them stayed local. And for decades they created a rich national tapestry of tight-knit, often family-owned companies.

    But time passes unseen, relentlessly, and that whole generation — the generation that really built the pool and spa industry — has gotten old, and a lot of them are...

  • Thursday, January, 18, 2018 Trichlor and Dichlor To Face Price Pressure

    People who pay attention to economic developments in China have been aware of a major shift in environmental policy. Last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping made improving the environment a greater priority in his five-year plan, marking a change from the past in which rapid growth was emphasized above all else.

    In response, China has been implementing an aggressive environmental program with new, stricter governmental regulations. Included in this program is energy conversion from...

  • Tuesday, December, 19, 2017 Q&A With Paul Oliver, Pleatco's 2017 Perfect Pool Guy

    There are several reasons Paul Oliver of Patriot Pool and Spa (Austin, Texas) is this year's Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy. Some of them were listed by Howard Smith, CEO of Pleatco, at the awards ceremony in Orlando.

    "When we made the calls to Paul's...

  • Thursday, October, 19, 2017 Commentary: Laws, Redraws and Pshaws

    You may have missed it, but a few weeks ago a federal judge in Texas struck down an overtime pay rule laid down by the Department of Labor in the final months of the Obama administration that would have forced companies to pay billions in new wages for existing employees and current levels of work.

    U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant found invalid a rule that would have extended time-and-a-half overtime pay to all workers earning less than $47,476. Currently the law mandates overtime...

  • Tuesday, July, 18, 2017 After the Olympic Crowds Went Home

    To purveyors of the joys of swimming, these famous Rio Olympic pools are a melancholy sight.

    Less than a year...