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
  • 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...

  • Friday, May, 28, 2010 Q&A with pool service technician Javier Payan

    1. One thing apparent from our survey was that the service sector has held up very well in a down economy. Has that drawn new people into service in your area?

    Yes, we've seen that. As opposed to retailers opening up new service branches or new service startups, what we're seeing more of is builders getting into service because they're not building a lot of pools, and they need the work. Most of the shops that do retail around here already do service.

    First it...

  • Thursday, May, 20, 2010 Q&A with Todd Starner, director of IPSSA Region 11

    1. The general economy in 2009 was down in most areas of the U.S. How did that affect service in your part of Florida?

    There have been a lot of foreclosures in Florida, but that's not been a problem for service companies. For every pool lost to foreclosure there's a bank or real estate company that needs a service person to clean up a pool and get it ready to sell.

    At the same time, with the number of new pools down, some pool builders have gotten into service...

  • Monday, May, 17, 2010 Q&A with pool service technician Kirt Kleiner

    1. Last year was a good year?

    Yes, 2009 was a good year for us. We increased our business a small amount. Being cautious, we were expecting a bit of a pullback, and instead we grew by about 5 percent.

    2. A common concern in the AQUA survey was unlicensed competition. Is that a problem in the Pittsburgh area?

    We don't really have a big...