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, September, 05, 2013 SPEC-Supported Bills Signed Into Law

    California Governor Jerry Brown has signed two bills into law, SB 261 and SB 262, both representing successful lobbying efforts by SPEC over the last year. The bills, authored by Senator William Monning (D-Carmel), are intended to stanch abuses in California’s licensing system and empower the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) to combat unlicensed contracting, misrepresentation and fraud.

    SB 261 will permit the CSLB to crack down on contractors who misrepresent their own...

  • Tuesday, September, 03, 2013 Swim Documentary Reaches Funding Goal

    Two weeks ago, AQUA reported on the documentary film, “Taking the Plunge,” and efforts to reach Kickstarter online funding levels which would allow completion of the project.

    In the film, independent filmmaker Shawnelle King follows three women who strive to overcome their fears with the help of aquatic therapist Jeff Krieger, whose program called S.O.A.P....

  • Tuesday, August, 13, 2013 Major Changes Slated For Mid-America Show

    The Mid-America Pool, Spa & Outdoor Living Show has announced major changes to this year’s event at the Schaumburg Convention Center in suburban Chicago, January 13-18, 2014.

    Plans for the 2014 Show include the addition of a new Outdoor Living component, a longer show format and expanded show education including Belgard Hardscapes training,...

  • Thursday, August, 08, 2013 Celebrity's Near Tragedy Sparks Drain Cover Awareness

    Earlier this week, the son of R&B singer Usher nearly died in a swimming pool. According to reports, the 5 year old's hand was caught in a drain after trying to recover a toy. 

    While the child is now safe and sound, the incident has renewed industry focus on the importance of pool drain safety as codified in VGB and ANSI/APSP-7. 

    As most industry professionals know, most of the legal responsibilities of VGB apply to commercial pools. Residential pool building...

  • Thursday, August, 08, 2013 Dollars In The Water

    You make the water clean and clear. It sparkles in the summer sun. That’s your product, and your customers are pleased with it.

    But every business needs to grow. How can you make more money with the same resources? Is there a way to look at clean, clear water in a way that makes...

  • Thursday, July, 18, 2013 POOLCORP Reports Record Q2 Results

    Pool Corporation today reported record results for the second quarter of 2013.

    "Our second quarter results were bolstered by strong performances in our largest, year-round markets and growth in pool refurbishment and replacement activities. Most seasonal markets lagged given the late start to this year's season as noted in our June 18th press release," said Manuel Perez de la Mesa, President and CEO.

    Net sales for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 increased 4% to a...

  • Tuesday, July, 16, 2013 Internet Sales Tax: Simple Fairness

    Scott WebbAs most of us are aware, the federal government is finally considering making Internet retailers charge sales tax. As of this writing, the bill waits in the House for formal debate. Regardless of what happens there, we passed a major milestone when the Senate went on record that Internet businesses need to start charging sales tax like everybody else.

    There’s been a lot...

  • Tuesday, July, 02, 2013 Think Outside Your Box

    Alex Soubliere is aware of an important aspect of human nature. It's no big secret, but it can be forgotten in an age of pressing schedules and quick meals on the run: When human beings share a meal together — especially a mouthwatering barbecue feast — they become closer.

    It's part of...

  • Thursday, June, 13, 2013 Bromine in Swimming Pools?
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    Scientific foundation for this article was provided by Zach Hansen, technical services engineer at BioLab. Mr. Hansen has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from Georgia State.

    Chlorine for pools, bromine for spas. That's the conventional wisdom for sanitizing, but like most...

  • Tuesday, June, 11, 2013 Multiple ADA Swimming Pool Compliance Lawsuits Filed

    Since the deadline for compliance passed on January 31, 2013, a number of lawsuits have been filed against several hotel chains contending their pools do not meet ADA requirements for disabled access.

    In March, a total of 22 different lawsuits were initiated in the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana by a single plaintiff, David DeBoard, against a bevy of Indianapolis area hotels. According to an analysis of court documents, the lawsuits all claimed in identical...