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  • Voting Deadline For National Service Contest Nears

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    Voting for the annual Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy & Gal Contest closes this weekend on October 1. The award, now in its 10th year, honors great pool and spa service technicians across the country, extending as far as Canada and Europe.

    The Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy & Gal Contest originated in 2008, and the prize has grown to include a trip for two to the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo held in Orlando, free enrollment in the GENESIS Basic Pool Construction course ($5,000...

  • Common Misconceptions About the Pool and Spa Industry

    by Steve Goodale September 2017

    Swimming pool and spa owners often make assumptions about the pool and spa industry and its workers that actually contribute to their negative experiences of pool ownership. Obviously, those who are willing to take on the financial burden of pool ownership see the value and benefit in having their own pool. But despite...

  • A Zen-Conjuring Pool House Offers a Rustic Retreat in Ohio

    by Camille LeFerve, Houzz September 2017

    To be successful amid the outdoor living boom, it's critical for retailers and builders to stay abreast of rapidly changing consumer tastes in backyard products. To help keep your product lines up to date, AQUA has partnered with design megasite Houzz to bring you more content about outdoor living, from pools and spas to outdoor kitchens and patio furniture. Here, a Houzz expert walks us through a zen-inducing poolhouse.

  • The Wide World of Custom Spas

    by Eric Herman September 2017

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  • CPSA Ends Affiliation with APSP

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    The California Pool and Spa Association has announced it is terminating its affiliation agreement with the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. The two organizations began their affiliation in the drought and subsequent water crisis of 2016 in California.
     
    “When California faced a historic, five-year drought, CPSA led the effort to defend our industry and members against unwarranted regulations proposed in cities and districts throughout California that would have destroyed...

  • Southeast Pool & Spa Show Changes 2018 Show Dates

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    To prevent a conflict with Orlando’s Everything Under the Sun Expo, the Southeast Pool & Spa Show is moving it 2018 show dates. Per the announcement:

    “It was recently brought to our attention that the Florida Show had to move their show dates to one week earlier for 2018. By doing this, the show overlapped with the Southeast Show in Nashville. While we don't feel it would affect the attendees, we do recognize that it could affect some vendors. After reaching out to a number of...

  • FSPA Offers Assistance to Texas Pool Pros

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Texas pool pros now face the tall task of repairing and restoring thousands of damaged swimming pools — a challenge some new pool pros there have never faced. To help, the Florida Swimming Pool Association is opening access to FSPAConnect, an online community for Florida pool pros, to their counterparts from Texas, providing a forum for Texas pool pros to ask questions and gather advice from industry peers.

    “All parts of Florida have been...

  • Texas Strong

    by Merry Wise September 2017

    It’s hard to watch helplessly as rain pours in sheets outside your window, and the TV is showing homes of strangers, family, friends and customers threatened by massive destruction and floods.  Yet all of us in the pool industry in Texas have experienced the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, some of us personally experiencing heartbreaking loss, others blessed with little or no damage but hurting for our fellow Texans and for our neighbors in Florida and other states as well.

    Most of...

  • APC Installation: Outsource or In-House?

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    {bglink 4626}Automatic pool covers were always destined to go mainstream. They offer a rare combination of dominant market drivers — safety, automation, convenience and conservation — all in one package.

    So it's been no surprise they've enjoyed admirable growth. Even in the recession, automatic pool cover sales held up well. And now that pool builders are experiencing a sustained period of demand, automatic pool covers are reveling in that same salutary market.

    APC arguments...

  • APSP Midwest Chapter Accepting Entries for Design Contest

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 APSP Midwest Chapter’s Gold Standard for Excellence contest.

    This event, open exclusively to APSP Midwest chapter members, recognizes and rewards pool and spa installations that are both beautiful and designed to accepted standards and construction methods.

    There are four contest categories, including