• Chemistry Expert Steve Kenny Releases Book

    by AQUA Editors March 2019

    In the introduction to “The Water Quality Professional: transforming aquatic management,” author Steve Kenny leads with a provocative question: Have swimming pools become obsolete?

    It’s an interesting opening salvo coming from the veteran builder, service tech and impassioned water-quality advocate. In some ways, he argues, pools are indeed obsolete — but in other ways, they...

  • Thursday Pools Expands Operations

    by AQUA Editors March 2019

    Thursday Pools, manufacturer of innovative fiberglass pools, has just completed a second expansion of its manufacturing facility adding 40,500 square feet of space to provide a climate-controlled environment for its growing manufacturing operation. This follows a 40,000-square-foot expansion two and a half years ago, growing Thursday Pools...

  • Imperial Exhibits at 2019 Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    Imperial, one of the leaders in the licensed sports and billiard products industries, unveiled an innovative assortment of new merchandise at the 2019 Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show. Exhibiting at...

  • APSP Releases New Public Pool/Spa Standard

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    APSP has announced the newly revised ANSI/APSP/ICC-11 2019 Standard for Water Quality in Public Pools and Spas, which features significant changes that will impact pool and spa service professionals across the nation. 

    The new Standard is the first comprehensive, data-driven and knowledge-based national Standard for pool and spa water quality and chemistry. It is ideal for understanding the minimum guidelines surrounding water quality parameters in public swimming pools and spas for...

  • IPSSA Expands Education Fund

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    The Independent Pool and Spa Service Association has expanded its Education Fund and will now subsidize multiple classes throughout the industry to lower the overall cost of education for service professionals. The subsidized training courses are available to all self-employed swimming pool/spa service professionals in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Texas — regardless of whether or not they are IPSSA...

  • NJ Passes Law Requiring Licenses for Pool Builders/Service Techs

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    Last week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill establishing license requirements for both pool service contractors and pool builders/installers doing work in New Jersey.  The law will go into effect on July 30, 2019.

    "Through the advocacy efforts of the Northeast Spa & Pool Association, and our PennJersey and Metro NY/NJ Chapters, this law was developed to protect not only the residents of New Jersey but also the contractors and their employees that provide...

  • Recap: 2019 Pool & Spa Show

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    Last week, industry professionals descended upon Atlantic City in droves, eager to take in the latest education and products from leading manufacturers. Here are just a few sights we saw on the show floor and beyond:

    Kyle and Justin Peek of DIY Network's "Pool Kings" led a packed seminar for members of the WAVE Young Professionals Network. Nearly 100 guests attended to listen to the Peeks discuss how to...

  • APSP Unveils Online Course for Pool and Spa Retailers

    by AQUA Editors January 2019

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is rolling out a new online, self-paced course for pool and spa retailers called Certified Pool & Spa Retail Professional (CRP).

    Designed for those interested in running a successful swimming pool and spa business, the eight-hour interactive course introduces the core principles of pool and spa operations and best practices for sales and customer service. Topics covered in the course include retail housekeeping, retail environment...

  • HPC Partners with Investment Group, Appoints New COO

    by AQUA Editors January 2019

    Hearth Products Controls Company, a Dayton, Ohio-based manufacturer of indoor and outdoor residential hearth products, announced that it has partnered with a Dayton investment group, which will hold majority interest in the company and bring the company professional management services and access to financial capital. Sean Steimle, an operating partner in...

  • NSPF Announces New Board Leadership, Staff Change

    by AQUA Editors November 2018

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation has announced the election of a new president, vice president, treasurer and secretary of its board of directors. Additionally, in January 2019, Michelle Kavanaugh will assume the role of executive director of The Pool Spa & Aquatics Alliance and The California Pool & Spa Association. NSPF has named Andrew Roberts as its new mission development manager.

    The new officers are experienced...