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
  • Thursday, March, 14, 2019 Innovation as a Strategy

    With the goal of creating a physical residence for new thinking, Pentair has opened a state-of-the-art innovation center in Apex, N.C. The custom-built facility will focus on delivering efficient water treatment solutions for swimming pools and other applications that help conserve resources.

    “At Pentair, we are focused on developing solutions that operate more efficiently, require less energy and water and incorporate smart technology to help people more easily manage the water in...

  • Tuesday, March, 12, 2019 Wet Winnings

    It's an age-old problem. You want to play blackjack. I mean, that’s why you came to Vegas. At the same time, you are an avid swimmer and poolside lounger who hates to leave the water on a sunny day for any reason.

    For decades, you had to make a hard choice. But with the development of swim-up blackjack, those days of deliberation have been cast into the dustbin of history. A number of casinos on the Strip now offer the opportunity to play blackjack in your swimsuit, including...

  • Thursday, March, 07, 2019 Something Under the Spa, Under $500

    This story on low-cost spa pad alternatives begins by way of a personal account:

    My brother Gary bought a hot tub last month. I drove down to his place and accompanied him in the venture, because I’m from the industry and know something about spas, and because these apparently legitimate endeavors are easy to justify to our spouses while providing a good opportunity to hang out and drink beer.

    He’s been considering the purchase for years, but the outlay is pushing his...

  • Tuesday, January, 22, 2019 APSP and NSPF To Merge, Completing the Work of 2016

    Today, APSP and NSPF surprised the industry by announcing the two organizations would merge into one, The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, with a single CEO and a single board of directors. Such a merger was attempted three years ago, but ultimately failed as the two organizations began to contemplate the difficult details that would be required.

    This time the approach is different. Both CEOs, Tom Lachocki of NSPF and Larry Caniglia of APSP, are leaving, making way for a single new...

  • Thursday, June, 28, 2018 Pool Zones

    If we accept that the backyard is really just the final domestic frontier — a land beyond the back wall that people want to tame and colonize — and if we believe that people are looking to create the same types of social spaces they enjoy elsewhere, then that's how we should approach its design.

    That is the consensus of builders and backyard professionals as they explore the growing outdoor living phenomenon. It requires the widest possible lens to encompass the expanding scope of...

  • 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...