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, June, 24, 2014 APSP Industry Summit: Totally Worth It

    Scott WebbLike a lot of people, we travel for business, and every year we decide what’s worth the time and expense and effort. There are far more events than we can attend, so we rate them all, somewhere between “no doubt/no choice, must attend” and “not even if it were held in the conference room here in the office on a slow day.”

    A number of factors...

  • Thursday, June, 19, 2014 Hot, Dry, Sunny Water Care
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    Information basis for this article was provided by Que Hales, manager of the Pool Chlor in Tucson, a large residential service business serving more than 2,000 customers. Hales also does research and education as a partner in onBalance, a pool chemistry consulting group.

    While water is water no matter what state you’re in, many...

  • Thursday, June, 05, 2014 Pool Guy Hero Saves Squirrel's Life

    What makes a hero? It is the willingness to go beyond what others would do to save another creature.

    When he found a fellow being face down in a pool he was about to service, Rick Gruber, owner of Rick’s Pool Repairs, Phoenix, Ariz., did something most wouldn’t. He stopped what he was doing and tried to save a life that appeared already lost.

    As he told CNN, “I would do it for anybody — a rodent, a dog, a cat — anyone.”

    Gruben had to...

  • Tuesday, May, 27, 2014 California Drought Update

    Let’s Pool Together Campaign Media Launch

    The California Pool and Spa Association (CPSA) announced it has publicly launched its drought education campaign, “Let’s Pool Together.” As a partner of Save Our Water – a statewide program of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) aimed at helping Californians reduce their everyday water use – the Let’s Pool Together...

  • Thursday, May, 22, 2014 Service Voice 2014: Noel Conley

    Noel ConleyNoel Conley Miracle Pool Service Garland, Texas

    Noel Conley runs Miracle Pool Service in an unincorporated area outside Dallas near the city of Garland, Texas. His clientele consists almost entirely of residential homeowners, many of them with gunite pools in new housing editions in the old/modern style with the

  • Thursday, May, 22, 2014 State of the Industry 2014: Service, Robust & Dynamic
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    Each sector of the pool and spa industry has seen periods of prosperity. Certainly in the early years of expansion, pool builders and retailers enjoyed the fruits of a growing customer base as North Americans discovered their taste for backyard pools and spas.

    But in the last half decade or so, builders and retailers have endured...

  • Tuesday, May, 20, 2014 KIK to Invest in BioGuard

    When the news first broke last year that KIK Custom Products would purchase BioLab (and its subsidiary BioGuard) from Chemtura, news media covered the basic facts of the event, but it’s taken some time to discern the direction the new parent company will take.

    Six months have passed — time enough to see what the change in ownership may mean for dealers. With that in mind, AQUA magazine recently caught up with Jon Viner, president of BioLab, to see what KIK...

  • Thursday, May, 15, 2014 Virginia to Implement Comprehensive Pool and Spa Code

    The International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC), a comprehensive model swimming pool and spa code covering all types of aquatic vessels, including residential and public pools, waterparks and portable and inground spas, has been adopted in the state of Virginia and Washington, DC.

    While the code is in force at the local government level in some areas of the country, Virginia is the first to adopt the code statewide.

    Developed jointly with APSP and the International Code...

  • Thursday, April, 17, 2014 Introduction: "An Inside Look at a Pool Build from 1963"

    photo of pool construction in 1963A little more than a half-century ago — this was 1963, when America still looked and felt young — 13-year-old Dave Beattie was working on his dad’s pool construction crew in Saginaw, Mich. They were doing an ordinary concrete backyard pool, a small rectangular oval with a deep end and a diving board, with wide swaths of plain concrete...

  • Tuesday, April, 15, 2014 Pool Heater Installation 101
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    Gas-fired pool heaters are a great way to improve comfort, lengthen the swim season and drive a backyard pool’s return on investment. But poor installation and water care failures can reverse that benign effect by shortening the lifespan of the unit, leaving that same homeowner thinking about expensive early replacement costs —...