• PHTA Announces New Supplement to Plaster Standard

    by AQUA Editors July 2019

    The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance announced this week that a supplement to the ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC-12 2016 Standard for the Plastering of Swimming Pools and Spas was approved by the American National Standards Institute on May 10. The new supplement impacts the way that industry professionals plaster pools and spas. 

    "We are excited that our PHTA Standard Writing Committee for the Plastering of Pools and Spas was able to address plastering applications in cold temperatures and further...

  • Tell Us About Podcasts and Enter to Win

    by AQUA Editors July 2019

    We're doing research on our readers' podcast habits. Please fill out this quick survey — it shouldn't take more than two minutes to complete — and you can enter to win a $50 Visa gift card. Thanks for your time.


  • Do Pools Add Real Estate Value?

    by Eric Herman July 2019

    Back in 2016, published a story titled “5 Reasons I Hate Swimming Pools.” As the name suggests, it was a scathing look at pools and how they allegedly only result in expense, hassle and frustration — and above all else, how they are a bad investment when it comes to the value of a home.

    The story contained some particularly critical comments from Florida realtor Linda Turner. “Owning a pool is a lot of work and not just a financial commitment, but a time commitment as...

  • A Pool That Defies Gravity…and Logic

    by Cailley Hammel July 2019

    At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious, when you're in the pool industry, you see a lot of pools. Here at AQUA, we're regularly impressed and dazzled by the creative ingenuity found in the projects we come across. That said…once in a great...

  • It's All Fun and Games in This Billards-Themed Pool

    by Eric Herman July 2019

    It's a swimming pool that looks like a giant pool table and it's all part of an extraordinary vacation property that is pushing the concept of "theme" to a new level.

    The property is called Great Escape Parkside. Located near Orlando in Groveland, Fla., on 10 highly developed acres, it features 15 themed bedrooms, each with décor based on games such as Monopoly, Twister and Pac-Man, but that's just the start.

    The game theme is carried throughout the property with a dizzying...

  • Meet the Mermaids of Israel

    by Abigail Carpenter July 2019

    The stories of half-fish, half-human creatures of the deep go back thousands of years, inspiring classic movies like Disney's "The Little Mermaid" and Tom Hanks' "Splash." Now, legend has it a community of mermaids is washing up on Israel's social scene.

    Together with fellow mermaid-lover Michelle...

  • Makeover Magic

    by Eric Herman July 2019

    Consumers expect pools to be beautiful. When they fall into disrepair with dodgy plaster, drab tile, cliché coping and worn-out decks, restoring these settings can become a profitable revenue stream, either as part of a larger construction enterprise or as a singular specialty.

    Either way, making the most of those opportunities requires design flexibility, a willingness to expand product offerings and above all, the ability to listen to client needs while also guiding them to the...

  • ‘Pool Chasers’ Podcast Seeks to Inform and Entertain

    by Eric Herman July 2019

    Two years ago, Tyler Rasmussen and Greg Villafana were two service guys with a dream of educating and inspiring other professionals in the pool business, and they decided podcasts were the way to do it. A podcast would allow service pros to learn while keeping their hands free for driving or cleaning pools or replacing filters.

    “It allows them to work on their business, while working in their business as well,” says Villafana. “We found it difficult to find...

  • Tech Notes: Naegleria Fowleri

    by PHTA Recreational Water Quality Committee July 2019

    Naegleria fowleri is a microscopic amoeba that grows in warm lakes, ponds, streams and other untreated fresh waters. (It does not grow in salt water.) In rare cases, this amoeba causes serious illness for swimmers, entering the brain and causing primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), which is usually fatal. Since it was first reported there have been a total of 145 cases in the U.S. Of these cases, 141 have been fatal. In 2013 a new drug was found to be an effective treatment if given...

  • A Backyard Aboveground, Neat as a Pin

    by Scott Webb July 2019

    The backyard aboveground has been around for a long time, but it's never been quite this … cute. And tidy. One might be tempted to say "tiny," because this pool comes from Tiny in a Box, the people who have become famous for delivering tiny homes. And they sell this pool as a "Tiny Pool," but in fact even the small size...