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
  • Monday, October, 21, 2013 17,000 Attend Barcelona Show
    photo of the Salon Piscina show in Barcelona

    An excellent turnout buoyed enthusiasm at Salon Piscina last week, as over 17,000 pool and spa professionals from all over the world made the trip to the Gran Via exhibition center in Barcelona.

    The show cemented its international credentials with 62 percent of attendees traveling to the show from more than a hundred countries,...

  • Thursday, October, 17, 2013 The Pains of Cleaning D.E. Filters

    photo of pool water rings

    Filter cleanings are not all of a kind. Some are as easy as flipping a switch and watching till the water runs clear. Others are like wrestling in middle school gym class — a sweaty, awkward, unwilling chore about which you have little choice.

    In our industry, D.E. cleanings are often sweaty and awkward, and while service technicians...

  • Thursday, October, 17, 2013 Five Things I Learned at Piscina Barcelona

    It’s morning on day three of the four-day Piscina Barcelona show, and I’ve had a couple days to get my head together.

    I’ve never been to the Barcelona show before, and I didn’t know what to expect. I certainly had a number of misconceptions about the event itself;...

  • Thursday, October, 17, 2013 Aquanale, FSB to Open in 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 in at the Koelnmesse exhibition center in Cologne October 22 – 25. Around 1,000 exhibitors from the swimming pool, sauna and wellness sector and more than 25,000 trade visitors (including those attending FSB) are expected at this year’s combined show.

    It’s truly an international show, says Frank...

  • Thursday, October, 03, 2013 Home Prices Rise at 2006 Rates

    Pool builders and retailers were cheered by the strong advance of home prices for the 20 metropolitan regions surveyed in Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller index. The measure reported a 12.4 percent annual Increase in July, offering further evidence of a strengthening housing market — a crucial leading economic indicator for the leisure aquatic industry. 

    According to the Index, U.S. home prices rose by their fastest pace in more than seven years during July, as the...

  • 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...