• ControlOMatic Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    ControlOMatic is pleased to announce its 10th anniversary in the swimming pool and spa industry, providing innovative, patented, plug-n-play saltwater systems for spa chlorination as well as a complete line of chemicals controllers for residential and commercial swimming pools.

    The founder of ControlOMatic, Scott Lenney, has actually been in the industry since 1989 when he first founded Acu-Trol which he later sold to Pentair Commercial Aquatics in 2006. Mr. Lenney went on to...

  • pHin: Here To Stay

    by Cailley Hammel April 2017

    Quick Recap

    What is pHin?

    pHin is a water sensor that continually measures pH, ORP, and temperature. Once a month, the mobile app asks the customer to use a test strip, which it scans to access free chlorine, total alkalinity, total hardness and cyanuric acid.

    How does it work?

    Homeowners and/or

  • Watkins Announces Dealer of the Year Award Winners

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    Watkins Wellness announced the winners of four prestigious awards given annually to the best dealers under the Watkins Wellness brand. These awards were awarded last January in various expos across the country.


  • ControlOMatic Hires Pam Bohnet

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    ControlOMatic is pleased to announce it has hired Pam Bohnet to the position of Order Processing and Inside Sales. Pam is responsible for all order processing and also runs the shipping department. She is the person who will answer the phone when you call and will answer any questions about order status, products and can provide all shipping information. Pam can be...

  • NC Brands Expands Sales Team

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    NC Brands L.P., the leader in specialty pool and spa chemicals whose brands include both Natural Chemistry and SeaKlear, has hired two new sales representatives to cover both the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Texas regions and also has added-back a former employee for the Northern California region.

    Rick Rupert has...

  • April 2017 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    What’s new this month? A quiet pump, a wrench for pool lids, an American flag skimmer cover and more.

    The next generation of S.R.Smith's popular heliX pool slide, the heliX2, is new and ready for order. The helix2 features a patented water feature at the top of the slide powered...

  • RB Control Systems Announces New Account Manager

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    RB Retail & Service Solutions, providers of the RB Control Systems software, hired new Account Manager Damon Sarrocco to meet the needs of growing customer demand. Sarrocco will be working with potential customers to identify ways that RB Control Systems can benefit their businesses.

    Sarrocco graduated from the University of Akron...

  • In Memoriam: Buck Hall of Lonza Water Treatment

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    Buck Hall, who served for 13 years as senior director of sales for Lonza Water Treatment’s Pro Dealer business, passed away February 23 of cardiac arrest. He was 62.

    A 26-year pool industry veteran, Hall joined Arch Chemicals to lead the Pro Dealer sales team in 2004. (Lonza acquired Arch in 2011.) As the senior director of sales, Hall was responsible for developing and directing the implementation of the HTH Water Products sales and marketing strategy for the poolife brand in the...

  • Pool Houses: Ship Shape!

    by Scott Webb March 2017

    You turn it on its side, and you're half done. Frame in a few walls, lay in a couple sliders, finish it out with plumbing, electrical and cabinetry, and you've got it: A shipping container...

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    by S.R.Smith March 2017

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