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
  • Tuesday, March, 03, 2015 Watkins Announces Acquisition

    Watkins Manufacturing has announced the acquisition of Endless Pools, manufacturer of counter-current swim machines and underwater treadmills. The acquisition allows Watkins to expand its line of personal well-being products into the aquatic fitness category, opening new channels of distribution and access to a new customer base. Watkins Manufacturing will maintain the Endless Pools brand and Endless Pools’ headquarters will remain in Aston, Pa. 

  • Thursday, February, 26, 2015 Small Business Tax Relief Gathers Support

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) has joined 173 other industry organizations in a massive show of support for H.R. 636, the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015. This bill would restore the small business expensing — sometimes called Section 179 expensing — level to $500,000, including limited improvements to real property and permanently index the level to inflation.

  • 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>
                    <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...