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  • Pentair Wins Energy Star Partner Of The Year

    by AQUA Editors April 2016

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Pentair Aquatic Systems with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior  energy efficiency achievements. Pentair’s accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2016.

    Pentair, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2013, will be honored for its leadership in manufacturing pool pumps that earn the ENERGY STAR, the...

  • Drought Impact: A World Apart

    by AQUA Editors March 2016

    What some are now calling the “March Miracle,” a spate of El Nino-driven storms across the Western U.S., has delivered desperately needed relief to the region’s historic four-year drought, the most severe dry spell since records have been kept. Although more than 73 percent of California remains under severe to exceptional drought conditions, many of the state’s largest reservoirs are...

  • Georgia Legislature Battles Over Pool Inspections

    by AQUA Editors March 2016

    Georgia’s State Senate recently passed a bill that allows operators and owners of commercial swimming pools to opt out of the state’s 36-point public health inspections.

    House Bill 219 is a watered down version of earlier legislation that would’ve all but eliminated public inspections of commercial pools in the state. The current bill gives a pass to townhouse, condo and subdivision pools that serve no more than 75 swimmers. Larger, busier pools remain subject to...

  • CPSA Announces Bevy of Agreements

    by AQUA Editors March 2016

    The California Pool & Spa Association (CPSA) has announced several new affiliation agreements with pool industry partners designed to consolidate industry efforts and support.

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF), the Western Pool and Spa Show, and the Foundation for Pool and Spa Industry Education (FPSIE) have all finalized affiliation agreements with CPSA, and the association is close to finalizing an agreement...

  • ANSI Gives Final Approval to Plaster Standard

    by AQUA Editors November 2015

    The American National Standards Institute has given its final approval of the ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC-12 Standard for the Plastering of Swimming Pools and Spas. The newest APSP standard will be available for sale in late December.

    This standard covers material and application for the plastering of cementitious finish coatings for in-ground swimming pools or other cementitious water-containment vessels. It sets forth the identification and stipulation of non-structural cementitious finish...

  • VGB: Cracking The Code

    by Barrett Kilmer November 2015

    When President George W. Bush signed the Virginia Graeme Baker Act into law in 2007, the pool and spa industry gave itself a well-deserved pat on the back for its part in helping craft the bill. No longer would commercial pools and spas pose the suction-entrapment hazard that injured or killed a small-but-preventable number of people every year, including the namesake granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker, who drowned after becoming trapped on a hot tub drain in...

  • Certifications Aligned For International Accreditation

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    APSP has announced a restructuring of its certification program to meet the rigid ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation standards.

    This International Standard specifies requirements for an organization certifying persons against specific requirements, including development and maintenance of a certification program for individuals.

    “As more and more states require APSP certifications for licensure, we must ensure that our certifications become the ‘gold standard’ of the...

  • APSP Holds California Drought Meeting

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    APSP held a California drought meeting on September 28 in Irvine with Southern California Chapter members to talk about recent successes before city councils and ways to engage all industry members for future meetings.

    John Withers, an elected Board Member from the Irvine Ranch Water District, also spoke to the group regarding regional and statewide water supply problems. He urged the industry to stay strong in making the case that pools and spas are not a problem, but an economic,...

  • APSP Helps Shape Federal Pump Regs

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    The federal agency in charge of writing efficiency regulations for pool pumps has appointed a number of APSP members to a small group that will attempt to reach a consensus on pump efficiency standards.

    The U.S. Department of Energy Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee selected following APSP members: Jeff Farlow, Pentair Aquatic Systems; Patrizio Fumagalli, Bestway, USA, Inc.; Paul Lin, Regal Beloit Corporation; Ray Mirzaei, Waterway; and Doug Philhower,...

  • CPSA Unveils Drought Response Plan

    by AQUA Editors September 2015


    The California Pool and Spa Association (CPSA) has announced the release of its Model Drought Response Plan, aimed at providing state and local policymakers with a blueprint to achieve water savings related to swimming pools, spas and hot tubs.

    "For the last almost two years the swimming pool, spa and hot tub industry has had its back to the wall responding to symbolic water-use restrictions proposed by cities, counties and water districts," said John Norwood, President of...