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, July, 30, 2014 2015 Comprehensive Pool Code Now Available

    The 2015 version of the International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC), the industry’s only comprehensive model code covering both residential and commercial swimming pools and spas is now available from APSP. 

    The ISPSC uses prescriptive and performance-related provisions to establish minimum safety requirements for public and residential pools, spas and hot tubs.

    “The ISPSC was developed by ICC members with input from a wide range of industry experts, which in 2012...

  • Tuesday, July, 29, 2014 POOLCORP Reports Record Second Quarter

    In a financial statement just released, Pool Corporation reported record results for the second quarter of 2014.

    "Our second quarter results were generally as expected, with solid sales and gross profit growth and improvement in gross margin, albeit with sales below target in certain seasonal markets. The ongoing recovery of replacement and remodel activity and market share gains continued to contribute to our growth. Likewise, our second quarter results evidenced our ongoing...

  • Tuesday, July, 22, 2014 Talkin' 'Bout Regeneration

    The idea of regenerative filtration is almost as old as The Who’s famous song from which this article gets its title, but the concept of extending filter life to avoid cleanings (and the water they require) has drawn new interest as drought headlines become more prominent.

    Regenerative filtration has been growing among large commercial systems for some time; they are commonly seen at waterparks and community recreational facilities, as they provide finer filtration than sand...

  • Thursday, July, 17, 2014 Housing Starts Drop 9 Percent

    According to a report this morning from the U.S. Commerce Department, U.S. home construction dropped significantly in June, a surprising sign of weakness for a sector that economists had hoped would recover momentum in 2014. Housing starts sank 9.3% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 893,000, the weakest showing since September 2013. Housing starts, sales of existing homes and home prices are leading economic indicators for the pool and spa market.

    It was the...

  • Tuesday, July, 08, 2014 The Drought Threat And Our Response

    Scott WebbThere are always threats to one’s livelihood. You’ve got global threats and local threats, fierce new competitors, spurious lawsuits, tax increases and truly great employees that one day just up and leave. The list goes on and on, all the way down to “may get hit by bus.”

    The latest, most pressing threat is drought, and what it might mean for pool...

  • Tuesday, July, 01, 2014 Manufacturer Settles Anti-Trust Suit

    Hayward Industries, one of four defendants in a long-running anti-trust case, has agreed to an $8 million out-of-court settlement, pending court approval.

    The $8 million settlement included a $1.5 million deal with consumers and a $6.5 million deal with a group of distributors to settle their allegations that Hayward conspired in conjunction with PoolCorp to restrict the supply of pool products. 

    The distributors...

  • Tuesday, June, 24, 2014 New Standard For Custom Spas, Swim Spas

    APSP has announced a newly revised standard covering custom, inground spas and swim spas. This standard does not concern factory-built portable spas or factory-built swim spas, nor does it cover public spas.

    Major changes from the previous version of this standard from 1999 include the addition of permanent inground “swim spas,” which has caught the attention and excitement of consumers. “A swim spa provides a wonderful opportunity for homeowners who are challenged...

  • 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...