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, February, 25, 2015 Selling Variable Speed

    illustration of pipes in the shape of a dollar sign

    For decades, we put high-horsepower single-speed pumps on pools and watched those electric meter dials spin around and around and around. We created all this resistance to flow, and our customers paid untold millions of dollars in sky-high utility bills to overcome a problem of our own creation.

  • Monday, February, 23, 2015 United Aqua Group Forms Relationship With POOLCORP

    United Aqua Group, which operates Aquatech, AquaCommercial, and AquaValue, has announced an alliance with POOLCORP.  A 52-year old buying group, UAG said it remains committed to its successful business model; however, it recognizes the immediacy often associated with its members’ need for same day or alternative products. 

  • Thursday, February, 19, 2015 The Science of Starving Algae

    photo of a pool showing algae growth

    The idea of clearing a pool of phosphates in order to fight algae has been gathering momentum for years. The approach is simple: Since we know algae eat phosphates, we take away their food supply and starve them into submission.

  • Thursday, February, 05, 2015 New Home Sales Stronger

    Although the housing market was something of a disappointment last year — with flat sales in an otherwise moderately growing economy — some signs this winter point to a resurgence in this crucial sector for the pool and spa industry. (New home sales remain the best opportunity for backyard pool sales.)

    Some of the biggest home builders in the U.S. are reporting a strong increase in sales in the latter half of January, citing an improving economy, continued low interest...

  • Wednesday, January, 28, 2015 A Birthday Party At The Pool & Spa Show
    AQUA Executive Editor Scott Webb in front of the Bel-Aqua booth at the Pool & Spa Show.
    AQUA Executive Editor Scott Webb in front of the Bel-Aqua booth at the Pool & Spa Show.
    The Bel-Aqua booth features a fun golf challenge. Participants who got...</div></li><li> <span>Tuesday, January, 20, 2015</span> <a class=Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products Could Taint Swimming Pools

    A new study from Purdue University has found a wide range of pharmaceuticals and chemicals from personal care products in swimming pools, possibly interacting with chlorine to produce disinfection byproducts with unknown properties and health effects.

    Traditional sanitization using chlorine is used primarily to prevent pathogenic microorganisms from growing. Previous research has shown that many constituents of urine including urea, uric acid, and amino acids, interact with chlorine...

  • Tuesday, January, 13, 2015 CPSA Reports Results of Study, Drought Efforts

    The California Pool and Spa Association has received results of a study commissioned to determine the economic impact of the pool and spa industry in California. John Norwood, CPSA president, has issued the following report which includes an assessment of efforts to represent industry interests in the face of California’s ongoing drought:

     “It’s the start of a new year for California, and even though it’s just beginning...

  • Thursday, January, 08, 2015 2015: A Chance To Exhale

    Scott WebbWith fireworks and a midnight kiss, 2015 dawns and we contemplate the gift of another year. Well, at least the gift of another minute — life offers no guarantees. Perhaps the closest thing to a sure bet here on earth is my amazingly accurate annual economic prediction.

    For several years running I’ve been dead right in forecasting a turtle’s pace for the...

  • Tuesday, December, 16, 2014 APSP/IHTA Works To Align Int'l Spa Standards

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP)/International Hot Tub Association (IHTA) has joined the European Portable Hot Tub Standards Harmonization Work Group, a standards task force spearheaded by the British and Irish and German hot tub associations. The alliance of national organizations will work together to harmonize global safety standards for portable hot tubs.

    Standards alignment is important because governments look to standards as the basis for their...

  • Tuesday, December, 09, 2014 Internet Sales Tax Push Set For Tomorrow

    Tomorrow, December 10, more than 200 state legislators will fan out across downtown Washington to push their federal counterparts to allow comprehensive online sales tax collections. 

    As part of the National Conference of State Legislatures, state senators and state representatives from across the U.S. will visit individual U.S. House and Senate offices, imploring congress to pass a bill to tax all Internet purchases, thereby leveling the playing field and eliminating the...