• Drought Update: CPSA Progress Report

    by AQUA Editors July 2015

    The CPSA is leading the effort to protect the pool and spa industry’s interests amid the political struggle to cope with the drought in California. John Norwood, president of the California Pool And Spa Association, apprises us of recent events in the fight to maintain industry prosperity as the water crisis continues:

    Recent Victories and Upcoming Threats to the Pool and Spa Industry

    The CPSA’s drought campaign racked up two new victories this...

  • AQUA Announces Alliance with APSP

    by AQUA Editors July 2015

    AQUA magazine is pleased to announce an alliance with the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, the largest association representing the pool and spa industry. AQUA will become the media partner to APSP, providing information about the Association's extensive efforts in education, business development for pool and spa companies, standards, safety, lobbying, research, and other areas.

    As part of the agreement, APSP will retire AQ magazine, its quarterly publication, and each...

  • This Summer - Slide The City

    by AQUA Editors March 2015

    A new watery sensation will be sweeping the U.S. and Canada this summer courtesy of Slide the City, a firm that sets up a 1000-foot waterslide on city streets.

  • Small Business Tax Relief Gathers Support

    by Scott Webb February 2015

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) has joined 173 other industry organizations in a massive show of support for H.R. 636, the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015. This bill would restore the small business expensing — sometimes called Section 179 expensing — level to $500,000, including limited improvements to real property and permanently index the level to inflation.

  • Internet Sales Tax Push Set For Tomorrow

    by Scott Webb December 2014

    Tomorrow, December 10, more than 200 state legislators will fan out across downtown Washington to push their federal counterparts to allow comprehensive online sales tax collections. 

    As part of the National Conference of State Legislatures, state senators and state representatives from across the U.S. will visit individual U.S. House and Senate offices, imploring congress to pass a bill to tax all Internet purchases, thereby leveling the playing field and eliminating the...

  • Zodiac Reaches Settlement in Antitrust Case

    by Cailley Hammel November 2014

    Zodiac Pool Systems has reached a settlement in its anti-trust case. The company was one of four defendants involved in the lawsuit; as previously reported, Hayward Industries settled its suits in July

    The lawsuit was originally filed against PoolCorp and alleged the company used its power as a distribution giant to intimidate manufacturers and prevent them from selling...

  • California Labor Contracting Bill Becomes Law

    by Scott Webb October 2014

    California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Bill 1897, which holds businesses liable when their subcontractors violate wage, workplace safety or workers’ compensation rules.

    According to the California Pool and Spa Association (CPSA), under the new law, California employers will now share joint liability for wage, hour and work condition violations with any contracting group they do business with, regardless if the work is performed without a contract.  Despite a...

  • Internet Sales Tax Back On Senate Agenda

    by Scott Webb August 2014

    A bill to authorize states to collect sales taxes from out-of-state Internet vendors is back on the Senate Legislative Calendar. The measure, called the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act - S.2609, would package online sales taxes together with a separate issue —  a 10-year extension of the ban on taxing Internet access.  

    Those following the issue will remember the Marketplace Fairness Act, a similar bill launched last year requiring online retailers to charge...

  • Virginia to Implement Comprehensive Pool and Spa Code

    by Scott Webb May 2014

    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...

  • Internet Sales Tax Update

    by Scott Webb December 2013

    Readers of AQUA will remember coverage earlier this year of efforts in the U.S. Congress to craft a bill which would require online retailers to charge sales tax just as brick-and-mortar retailers do.

    The Senate version of the bill, dubbed the Marketplace Fairness Act, passed easily in May. The bill has since taken up long-term residence in the House, where there is no guarantee it will make it to a vote. 

    Supporters say it is needed out of fairness to traditional retail...