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, April, 17, 2014 Introduction: "An Inside Look at a Pool Build from 1963"

    photo of pool construction in 1963A little more than a half-century ago — this was 1963, when America still looked and felt young — 13-year-old Dave Beattie was working on his dad’s pool construction crew in Saginaw, Mich. They were doing an ordinary concrete backyard pool, a small rectangular oval with a deep end and a diving board, with wide swaths of plain concrete...

  • Tuesday, April, 15, 2014 Pool Heater Installation 101
    photo of a pool heater getting installed

    Gas-fired pool heaters are a great way to improve comfort, lengthen the swim season and drive a backyard pool’s return on investment. But poor installation and water care failures can reverse that benign effect by shortening the lifespan of the unit, leaving that same homeowner thinking about expensive early replacement costs —...

  • Wednesday, April, 09, 2014 Walmart Launches Water Testing
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    Photo of water test kiosk taken at Walmart store.
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    Screen shot of computerized water test machine with basic instructions.
  • Tuesday, April, 08, 2014 Our Customers, The One Percent

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    I caught Doug Harrison’s presentation of pool and spa industry market research at the AC Show. It’s been on my mind ever since. (The Harrison Group provides consumer intelligence for the pool and spa industry.)

    In the presentation, Mr. Harrison alluded to The One Percent both as the prime consumers of our products, but also as perhaps the dominant...

  • Tuesday, March, 25, 2014 APSP Chips In 20K For Drought Campaign

    APSP has joined the effort to provide a clear voice for the industry in drought-stricken California with a donation of $20,000 to the California drought relief campaign, Let’s Pool Together. The money was awarded through APSP's charitable foundation, World of Recreational Water.

    “For some time now we've been working with the California Pool & Spa Association, IPPSA and others to create a unified industry response to this crisis,” Rich Gottwald, APSP CEO &...

  • Tuesday, March, 18, 2014 Industry Summit Slated For August

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) has announced the 2014 Industry Summit will be held Aug. 18-20 at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. The theme for the Summit is “Facing Change. Taking Charge.”

    Every two years, APSP brings together hundreds of industry CEOs and senior level decision makers to discuss the most substantive topics affecting the pool, spa, and hot tub industry. 

    APSP Industry Summit sponsors are Watkins Manufacturing and...

  • Tuesday, March, 18, 2014 CPSA Launches Drought Awareness Campaign

    The California Pool and Spa Association (formerly SPEC) kicked-off its new name change and Drought Crisis Awareness Campaign, titled “Let’s Pool Together,” last Thursday evening at the Western Pool & Spa Show in Long Beach, California.  Chairman Mike Geremia and President John Norwood made comments before a crowd of more than four hundred pool and spa professionals representing all segments of the industry. 

    In response to California’s...

  • Thursday, February, 13, 2014 POOLCORP Reports Record 2013

    POOLCORP, the largest distributor of swimming pool products in the United States, today announced full year 2013 results.

    Net sales for the year ended December 31, 2013 increased 6% to a record high of $2.08 billion, compared to $1.95 billion in 2012. Base business sales increased 6%, including a 6% increase from swimming pool product sales. According to the company, base business sales...

  • Tuesday, February, 11, 2014 Attack The Spa's Biofilm Sanctuaries
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    The behavior of colonizing creatures in the natural world is endlessly fascinating. Books and TV programs are devoted to the astonishing feats of intelligent cooperation performed by supposedly dumb ants, for instance, who can organize themselves to build complex structures like shelters, boats and bridges at a moment's notice, often out of...

  • Thursday, January, 23, 2014 The Incredible Mistake a Service Pro Made
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    So you’re draining a pool in a northern, frost-bound state in January — because, you know, that’s high season for pool draining in the North — and as usual, there’s the problem of what to do with all that water.

    You ponder for a moment, surveying the scene. “Ah,” you say to yourself, “I’ll just run it down that...