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 scott@aquamagazine.com.
  • 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...

  • Thursday, May, 30, 2013 P.K. Data Announces New Market Reports

    Market research firm P.K. Data has published its 2013 U.S. Residential Pool Market and 2013 U.S. Residential Spa Market reports. Both publications offer a comprehensive analysis of the current state of their respective business segments.

    Each report covers new pool and spa sales, their geographic distribution, historical trends, the aftermarket for equipment, chemicals and service, plus pool and spa owner characteristics, and more. There are nearly 100 charts, tables and maps in each...

  • Thursday, May, 30, 2013 APSP Releases New Spa Standard

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announces the new American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/APSP/International Code Council (ICC)-6 2013 Standard for Residential Portable Spas and Swim Spas.

    The standard is in synch with UL 1563 standard on Portable Electric Spas and the 2012 International Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC), and also covers additional requirements not found in those codes such as stair and step construction requirements.

    “ANSI/APSP/ICC-6...

  • Thursday, May, 23, 2013 Spectacular Pools Honored

    Three V Enterprises announces the release of International Award Winning Pools, Spas, & Water Environments IV, a color volume which details GAVA award winning projects from 2012 and pays homage to some of the finest examples of the pool...

  • Wednesday, May, 22, 2013 State of the Industry: Service (Part II)

    About two months ago, we asked service professionals across the country to fill out a survey about their businesses in 2012. We asked you about the services you offer, what equipment is doing well and how you'd change the industry. 

    Part I featured our introduction and just a few of our findings. Below you’ll find the rest of our retail report. Thank you to...

  • Wednesday, May, 22, 2013 Service Voice 2013: Stewart Vernon

    For the service portion of our State of the Industry issue, we spoke we three of the industry’s leading service professionals to serve as our “service voices.” In these profiles, they share how their businesses fared last year, their strategies for success and their vision for the future. For 2013, we spoke with