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.
  • 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...

  • Sunday, May, 17, 2009 Award-winning residential project in Dallas

    "They wanted to accomplish a lot in a fairly tight space."

    That was the mission and the caveat for Southernwind Pools, AQUA Choice 2009 winner in the Concrete Pool or Pool/Spa Combination category. Meeting that goal within the strict confines of the property required ruthless spatial planning. Access to the yard was further restricted by several 70-year-old oak trees that...

  • Wednesday, April, 15, 2009 The best filter media for pool customers

    The various filter media can be compared in terms of performance and cost, but which of them is nature's favorite?

    It takes a moment of reflection to realize that these three selection considerations - price, performance and environmental impact - are becoming virtual coequals in the minds of consumers.

    This is driven in part by a rise in the prices of energy and resources,...

  • Sunday, March, 22, 2009 Avoiding the Pitfalls of Vanishing-Edge Pool Construction

    Although pools with water spilling over an edge have been built for decades, the concept is still new to many homeowners and even some builders. And where there are novel building concepts there is the possibility of calamity.

    Such calamity can take the form of angry, vengeful customers and actual litigation. Lew Akins has seen plenty of it. As a 35-year veteran of the business with experience in different kinds of pool construction, he serves as an expert witness in pool building...

  • Thursday, March, 19, 2009 Award-winning pool and spa project in Houston

    Even the greatest works of art remain static over the centuries, but the exquisite play of light on water changes with every instant. It is at once complex and simple, incident and reflection, as the smallest ripples re-create the masterpiece, again and again, all...

  • Thursday, March, 19, 2009 The franchise concept and its use as a pool and spa retailer's exit strategy

    A good number of entrepreneurs in this industry have accomplished what they set out to do - build a successful retail business.

    They began with a dream - sometimes with little else - and grew their stores into healthy, profitable enterprises. With that dream fulfilled, and often with their golden years before them, they find themselves considering retirement, at least from the pool and...