Eric Herman
A writer/editor with 32 years experience covering a wide range of business, technical, scientific and cultural topics, Eric joined the AQUA staff in August 2011 following 12 years as editor and co-founder of WaterShapes Magazine. He now serves as AQUA's senior editor. He can be reached at eric@aquamagazine.com.
  • Tuesday, August, 20, 2019 The Front Lines of the Algae Wars

    Chemical manufacturers report that fighting algae, in all its many forms, remains the most common source of helpline calls from both homeowners and professionals.

    As those who carry on this battle can attest, the campaign is waged using various strategies that work in different ways. There is no one-size-fits all algae treatment, which is why the industry is replete with different algaecides (algae killers) and algistats (algae preventers).

    There are tens of thousands of...

  • Thursday, August, 08, 2019 When Pools Become Essential

    Swimming pools are right up there with yachts and caviar in terms of products associated with the word “luxury.” But unlike floating mansions and fish-egg delicacies of the rich and famous, there actually are times when swimming pools become necessary, even vital to survival.

    To prove that point, all you have to do is walk outside. The summer of 2019 has seen record-shattering temperatures across the U.S. and much of the world, with all-time highs in places like Juno, Alaska and...

  • Thursday, July, 25, 2019 Natural Swimming Pools Expanding in North America

    The first natural swimming pools in the U.S. were installed back in 2013, receiving widespread coverage in AQUA and other media outlets. The idea of using systems that mimic nature to clean and purify pool water was, and remains, an intriguing concept.

    Those pools used a system originally developed in Europe by Rainer Grafinger of Germany's BioNova, which cleans pool water using a "regeneration zone" instead of chemicals. The regeneration zone is a secondary pond, roughly the size...

  • Thursday, July, 25, 2019 Century-Old 'Big Pool' Leaks More Than 20,000 Gallons Per Day

    For nearly a century (97 years, to be exact), the "Big Pool" in Garden City, Kan., has been considered the world's largest hand-dug swimming pool — and for most of its history, the world's largest free public pool.

    With a surface area of 72,600 square feet (larger than a football field!) and a volume of 2.6 million...

  • Tuesday, July, 23, 2019 Surfing in the Round

    Surf's always up in Australia — at least it is in the coastal town of Yeppon in central Queensland. That's where Surf Lakes International debuted the world's largest and arguably most innovative wave pool. Once considered a novelty in the surfing community (putting it politely) Surf Lakes has taken the concept of a wave...

  • Tuesday, July, 16, 2019 Do Pools Add Real Estate Value?

    Back in 2016, Realtor.com published a story titled “5 Reasons I Hate Swimming Pools.” As the name suggests, it was a scathing look at pools and how they allegedly only result in expense, hassle and frustration — and above all else, how they are a bad investment when it comes to the value of a home.

    The story contained some particularly critical comments from Florida realtor Linda Turner. “Owning a pool is a lot of work and not just a financial commitment, but a time commitment as...

  • Thursday, July, 11, 2019 It's All Fun and Games in This Billards-Themed Pool

    It's a swimming pool that looks like a giant pool table and it's all part of an extraordinary vacation property that is pushing the concept of "theme" to a new level.

    The property is called Great Escape Parkside. Located near Orlando in Groveland, Fla., on 10 highly developed acres, it features 15 themed bedrooms, each with décor based on games such as Monopoly, Twister and Pac-Man, but that's just the start.

    The game theme is carried throughout the property with a dizzying...

  • Tuesday, July, 09, 2019 Makeover Magic

    Consumers expect pools to be beautiful. When they fall into disrepair with dodgy plaster, drab tile, cliché coping and worn-out decks, restoring these settings can become a profitable revenue stream, either as part of a larger construction enterprise or as a singular specialty.

    Either way, making the most of those opportunities requires design flexibility, a willingness to expand product offerings and above all, the ability to listen to client needs while also guiding them to the...

  • Tuesday, July, 09, 2019 ‘Pool Chasers’ Podcast Seeks to Inform and Entertain

    Two years ago, Tyler Rasmussen and Greg Villafana were two service guys with a dream of educating and inspiring other professionals in the pool business, and they decided podcasts were the way to do it. A podcast would allow service pros to learn while keeping their hands free for driving or cleaning pools or replacing filters.

    “It allows them to work on their business, while working in their business as well,” says Villafana. “We found it difficult to find...

  • Tuesday, July, 02, 2019 Inside Helsinki's Underground Swimming Pool

    Finland's capital Helsinki has embraced downward expansion. Since 1960, the city has been actively creating an underground "shadow city" in an effort to contain urban sprawl, become more energy efficient and escape the cold. Carved in the area's solid Granodiorite bedrock, Helsinki's vast...