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.
  • Monday, August, 31, 2009 Control capabilities for pools and spas has exploded

    In a small town, deep in the mountain crevices of central Colorado, there's an innovative pool building company offering a new service. For the first 90 days after a pool is built, it will provide constant vigilance to make absolutely certain nothing goes wrong with the new acquisition.

    It's free; all part of the package. (After 90 days, a check will be required.) The company, Colorado...

  • Friday, August, 28, 2009 Award-winning residential pool in Lake Forest, Ill.



    Every pool is a challenge. In this case, the competing exigencies were a finely appointed, yet multi-functional pool, a relatively small space, and a need to reflect the graceful character of the home and neighborhood - something understated, yet with details...

  • Thursday, August, 13, 2009 Help Customers Focus on a Trouble-Free Pool and Spa Opening

    Many homeowners think of pools in terms of two seasons: summer, when the pool is being used, and the off-season, when it's closed. During this off-season, homeowners tend to think of the pool as if it's in storage, like the floats and beach balls that typically surround it, waiting to be dragged out again in the late spring.

    But that's not a good model because the water in a pool — and the organisms...

  • Wednesday, July, 29, 2009 Pool and spa service technicians need education

    Like many young professionals, Sean O'Brien had a problem. He'd embarked on his career with admirable diligence, but his performance and pay were limited by a lack of training.

    "When you start out," he says, "you're only learning the business through what other people tell you, and whatever you can figure out yourself through trial and error."

    In addition to the...

  • Tuesday, July, 21, 2009 Award-winning residential pool and spa in Jonesboro, Texas



    There are several truly ingenious features to this enormous, 1,500-square-foot (that's just the main pool) aquatic installation.

    Perhaps the most cunning of these is the emergent rock bridge and spa, which seem to rise from the...

  • Wednesday, June, 24, 2009 Keeping pool chemical sales away from big box stores

    Pool chemicals have long been one of the most dependable profit-makers in the pool business. Unlike other items a retailer might stock, pool chemicals are not an optional buy; if you've got a pool, you've got to have them.

    In the last year or two, however, that dependable revenue stream has come under increasing pressure, and it's not entirely due to the current slump. Sure, new...

  • Wednesday, June, 24, 2009 Can saltwater sanitation catch on for spas and hot tubs?

    Salt chlorine generators have taken the pool industry by storm because they make pool care easier. Could salt bromine generators have the same impact on the spa industry?

    Time will tell, but two spa equipment manufacturers, Gecko Alliance and Pioneer H2O Technologies, are hoping the salt-based trend catches on in the spa industry the same way it has in the pool industry.

    Pioneer has...

  • Thursday, June, 18, 2009 Award-winning fiberglass project in British Columbia



    Most fiberglass pools are trucked to the site for installation. In a few cases, the shell arrives by boat. Rarer still is the shell that becomes a shallow-draft boat, like this one, and is floated up to the job site with the help of a makeshift tug....

  • Tuesday, May, 19, 2009 While chlorine generators have swept the industry, background knowledge still lacks

    Few technologies in memory have risen to dominate our industry as quickly as salt chlorine generators. Estimates of the percentage of new pools receiving them range from 40 to 70 percent, and the current population of salt pools is judged to be over one million, depending on who is asked.

    A spectacular success, mainly due to convenience. Consumers of every stripe crave solutions that...

  • Tuesday, May, 19, 2009 Vinyl-liner renovations popular in this economy

    Right now, somewhere in your town, a homeowner is considering what can be done about his shabby, faded pool liner. In another neighborhood, a home has been purchased, and the owners are wondering what to do with that vinyl-lined hole in the backyard that came with their new house.

    These people and many others just like them share an important characteristic. They are prime targets for...