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
  • 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...

  • 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...