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, 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.


  • 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

  • Tuesday, May, 21, 2013 Texas Builder Wins Contractor Award

    Watertight Pool & Spa of McKinney, Texas, has been named the 2012 top-performing pool and spa contractor for American Home Shield, a national provider of home warranty plans. The builder achieved the highest rating, based on customer feedback, out of American Home Shield’s national network of more than 10,000 independent contractors, and received a $20,000 bonus for its efforts.

    “Our contractors understand the importance of delivering quality service to our customers...

  • Tuesday, May, 21, 2013 State of the Industry 2013: Service (Part I)
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    For most of the New Economic Era, which began with the collapse of the banking system in 2008, the service sector has been a beacon of prosperity amid a pool and spa industry mostly concerned with survival.

    In the depths of the depression, even as building companies and dealerships were...

  • Thursday, May, 16, 2013 Zodiac Receives Energy Star Rating

    Zodiac Pool Systems’ Jandy Pro Series line of variable-speed and two-speed pool pumps are now Energy Star qualified, signifying they meet or exceed the Federal program’s energy-efficiency guidelines. Energy Star is an EPA program that helps businesses and individuals protect the environment and save energy and money through superior energy efficiency. 

    Jandy Pro Series’ Energy Star-qualified pumps include variable-speed VS-FloPro and ePump, and two-speed...

  • Thursday, May, 09, 2013 APSP Offers Marketing Help

    Creating a good radio ad can be harder than paying for it. APSP is helping association members bridge the gap by providing a professionally produced radio ad that can be tailored to promote an individual dealership or builder.

    It’s part of a wider program to raise awareness of the benefits of pool and spa ownership, and help the industry compete with other leisure industries for consumers’ discretionary dollars.

    A 60-second version of the radio ad, featuring the...

  • Tuesday, May, 07, 2013 Brick-And-Mortar Relief Bill Passes US Senate

    A bill which supporters say will provide substantial relief to brick-and-mortar retailers in their struggle to compete with online sellers has passed the US Senate, 69-27. 

    The bill would authorize states to compel online merchants to collect sales tax in a similar manner that traditional merchants do, thereby leveling a playing field that has been tilted toward digital commerce.

    Heretofore, online merchants have been able to sell their goods tax-free, giving them an...