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.
  • Friday, November, 12, 2010 Residential pool and spa combo in New Orleans rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina

    photo of rock-walled pool and spaLike many flood and restoration stories, this one begins, "Once this was all under water . . . "

    Eight feet of water, to be exact, after a hellacious rain fell in late August 2005, burst levees around the city of New Orleans and let the sea come rushing in.

    Katrina was the biggest natural disaster in U.S....

  • Friday, November, 12, 2010 While hot tub sales are down, business owner rely on service division to bring in income

    In times of uncertainty, when sales of spas have not been as robust as in years past, dealerships rely more than ever on receipts from the service department. Spa people may not be willing to invest in new equipment, but they don't like to see their tub sitting idle due to a fried heater or poor water quality. So they'll pay a service fee.

    A key survival skill in this economy, then, is...

  • Thursday, September, 16, 2010 Is solar pool heating right for your customer?

    photo of solar heating installationThe cold was bothering him. The water was cold, and it was keeping his kids out of the pool, which defeated its purpose. "If I'm going to have a pool," he said to himself, "I want to get the most out of it, for myself and my kids. Maybe I need a heater."

    What was his first move? He didn't stop in at a pool store or dig up an...

  • Wednesday, August, 25, 2010 Small changes in pool design can make a big difference overall

    rendering of a pool designAlthough nearly a half-century old, the green movement (or its sister cause, energy conservation) has only recently reached the point where it's a major driver of product development, sales and legislation.

    Builders are still in different stages of acceptance. Some have been pushing green pool design for a long time under the guise of energy savings, while...

  • Sunday, August, 15, 2010 Award-winning vanishing-edge pool in Georgia



    An award-winning pool can be many things - technically admirable, environmentally friendly, challenging in its construction - but above all it must be beautiful. Fortunately, this enchanting creation at the edge of Lake Oconee in Georgia is all of those...

  • Friday, July, 16, 2010 Automatic sanitizing is clearly the way of the future

    The natural evolution of any system, over time, is toward greater automation. Once we dumped chlorine into pools by hand, from a bucket, using a measuring cup (of course, some still do). More and more pool owners are coming to prefer equipment that will handle the task for them. Not only does it relieve the responsibility, but it does a better job.

    That's just the way of the...

  • Sunday, June, 27, 2010 Water and stone live in perfect harmony in Miramar Beach, Fla.



    Most AQUA Choice winners are taken from the custom pool and spa category - by far the largest in the contest - but each year's lineup of great aquatic projects includes one particularly interesting and appealing water feature.

    This year, that...

  • Wednesday, June, 23, 2010 Educate customers and sell more spas

    There was a time, not so long ago, when a retailer could unload a flatbed trailerful of spas in a parking lot, put up a tent, hang some banners and sell every one of those tubs in a single Saturday.

    People would just stop in and buy.

    Those days are gone, and unlikely to return anytime soon. Today's customers are not impulse buyers; they're much more careful about spa...

  • Thursday, June, 17, 2010 Prevention programs stop algae menace before it starts

    Phosphates have been floating around in pools since the Romans built the first tepidarium. They come from a variety of places - bathers, the environment and even source water. And for a long time it's been generally known that they are excellent food for algae.

    Still, traditionally, the most common approach to the problem of algae in pools has been to fight it with chlorine, and when...

  • Sunday, June, 13, 2010 A concrete pool and spa combo in Gilbert, Arizona



    The connection is no coincidence, says Rick Chafey, co-owner, Red Rock Pools & Spas, Gilbert, Ariz. "When the client approached us about building their pool, they already had plans and conceptual drawings of the project they had envisioned: a...