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, 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...

  • Thursday, December, 04, 2014 APSP And Canadians Form Alliance

    Yesterday, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) and the Pool & Hot Tub Council of Canada (PHTCC) announced an affiliation agreement at the Canadian Pool & Spa Conference & Expo in Toronto.

    APSP President and CEO Rich Gottwald and PHTCC Executive Director Robert Wood signed the historic agreement making a partnership to promote, advance and advocate the interests of the swimming pool, hot tub and spa industry across North America. 

    Under the...

  • Tuesday, November, 25, 2014 APSP Board of Directors Welcomes New Members

    Three new members of the Board of Directors have been appointed at APSP's Annual Meeting.

    Joining the Board of Directors are:

    Donna Williams, General Manager, Sales, Marketing and Product Management for Pool Corp

    Chris Curcio, President of Litehouse Products

    Maurizio Vozza, CEO/President/Owner of Nordic Products, Inc.

    These individuals join current Board Members: Jeff Fausett, CBP, Chairman; Rich Garbee, GLI Pool Products; April Nielsen, Lonza; Bob Blanda,...

  • Thursday, November, 13, 2014 Manufacturers Collaborate on Pool Cover Interface

    Pool Cover Specialists, a division of Latham Pool Products, and Hayward Pool Products, have just announced the release of the Hayward/PCS Pool Cover Interface. This new technology allows the integration of a Pool Cover Specialists automatic swimming pool cover into the Hayward OmniLogic and Hayward ProLogic  automation systems which can control all swimming pool functions, as well as other backyard features.

    Bruce Grogg, General Manager of Pool Cover Specialists, a division of...

  • Tuesday, November, 11, 2014 Filtering In The Drought
    graphic showing drought in the United States

    Our industry has suffered the impact of drought before, but in three crucial markets — California, Arizona and Texas — drought conditions have reached a new level of urgency for both government and the industry as a whole.

    Government is concerned for obvious reasons, but the pool industry has about 40 percent of...

  • Monday, November, 03, 2014 Expo Returns to Orlando

    Scott WebbTomorrow marks the first day of the 2014 PSP Expo. Thousands of builders, retailers and service people have ventured to the Sunshine State for the biggest pool and spa show of the year. It’s a fitting location.

    Last time we were here for Expo was 2007. As we arrived in Orlando that November, the economy was just sliding into recession, but at the time, no one had any...

  • Tuesday, October, 28, 2014 A Learning Opportunity

    Scott WebbLike about 10,000 other people in this industry, I’m getting ready for PSP Expo Nov. 5, making my flight and hotel reservations and pondering transport to that gigantic convention center.

    In the last two years PSP Expo has been to New Orleans and Vegas, each of those cities providing its own distinctive backdrop. Now it’s off to Orlando with its manicured grounds,...

  • Wednesday, October, 15, 2014 More Internet Purchases Taxed

    Are online purchases of pool products subject to sales tax? It depends on the online retailer. Internet retail giant sells everything from pumps to automatic pool cleaners to filter cartridges, and currently collects sales tax on purchases from 23 of 50 states, according to a Wall Street Journal study.* About 69 percent of Americans currently pay sales taxes on purchases from Amazon.

    This is because the law requires Amazon (or any online retailer) to collect sales tax on...

  • Tuesday, October, 14, 2014 California Labor Contracting Bill Becomes Law

    California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Bill 1897, which holds businesses liable when their subcontractors violate wage, workplace safety or workers’ compensation rules.

    According to the California Pool and Spa Association (CPSA), under the new law, California employers will now share joint liability for wage, hour and work condition violations with any contracting group they do business with, regardless if the work is performed without a contract.  Despite a...