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
  • 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...

  • Thursday, July, 06, 2017 The Hot Tub Health Movement

    We've read the studies. We've used the product and seen the benefits for ourselves. But the vast majority of potential hot tub customers in North America have not — they remain either unaware or unconvinced that hot tubs offer tangible health benefits and should be central players in the wellness movement.

    Infomercials, magazines and bookstore shelves are devoted to practices and substances that adherents believe make them healthier — from yoga to organic vegetables. And yet spa...

  • Thursday, June, 29, 2017 The Sauna at the South Pole

    One of the great human dramas of all time played out just over a century ago on the Antarctic continent, when Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen led small teams of intrepid explorers through extreme conditions in an all-out race to be the first to reach the South Pole.

    Amundsen won.

    Scott lost, and his team all perished trying to make it back to camp.

    It's a story of triumph and tragedy recounted in hundreds of books and articles over the years, a legend that has...

  • Thursday, May, 18, 2017 Aquanale Coming to Cologne

    Aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience, and FSB, the International Exhibition for Open Spaces, Sports and Swimming Facilities, will take place this year at the Koelnmesse exhibition center in Cologne November 7 to 10.

    Based on early indications, show organizers are expecting a similarly high level of interest in 2017 to that seen in Aquanale 2015, which drew 288 exhibitors from 30 countries (share of...

  • Tuesday, May, 16, 2017 2017 SOI Service Report: Sunny Days in the Backyard

    Service has lived a charmed existence. While great forces have devastated other sectors of the pool and spa industry (and certainly the economy as a whole), pool and spa service has continued to provide a steady living for its workers in a tranquil setting, almost as if the industry itself were private property.

    When the recession wiped out 90 percent of the pool construction market in Florida, service workers continued to maintain their properties. As retailers have fought the...

  • Thursday, March, 23, 2017 APCs: Little Help!

    One of the wonderful things about the service industry nowadays is the abundance of excellent, diligent workers ready to get their hands dirty cleaning pools. Finding good help used to be a daunting process of short interviews and long looks, trying to figure out if that gum-chewing kid that just walked in the door listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers would hold up under the red hot sun.

    Luckily, finding good help these days is a breeze. There are quality pool cleaners ready to...