• 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...

  • Business Briefs: October 2015

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    IPSSA Offers Low-Cost Group Liability Insurance

    The Independent Pool & Spa Service Association is pleased to offer pool and spa service professionals a $3 million liability insurance plan that includes HazMat, pollution and pop-up coverage.

    IPSSA members recognize how important it is for individual service professionals to have a comprehensive liability insurance program to support their business, especially in today’s day and age. With that in mind, the organization...

  • 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,...

  • NSPF Celebrates 50th Anniversary

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation, known for its CPO certification courses, handbooks and World Aquatic Health Conference, is celebrating 50 years of work in the aquatics industry. A reception honoring the organization was held yesterday at the Desert Foothills in Arizona.

    But how did NSPF get to where it is today? Take a look back at the history:

    Back in the 1960s, there was an...

  • 2015 Awards Of Excellence Bronze Winners, Part 2

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

  • Awards Announced, Fan Voting Begins

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    Recipients of the 45th annual International Awards of Excellence (AOE) have already been revealed in the October issue of AQUA Magazine, but this year's Fan Voting has just begun. All 70 award-winning installations are eligible for the Fan Favorite Award. Each installation can be viewed at where anyone can vote for their favorite installation and then share it on social media. Voting begins today and runs...

  • Awards of Excellence 2015: Tracing The Arc

    by Scott Webb October 2015

    This month we announce the 2015 winners of the International Awards of Excellence. For many years, going back to the old NSPI days, APSP has taken the time and effort to recognize great pool and spa construction with the AOEs, and we at AQUA are excited to present this fine work on their behalf.

    We will release a series of slideshows throughout October, depicting all the winners, starting with the Bronze recipients and finishing with the Golds. I hope you take a little time to click...

  • 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...

  • Genesis Presents PSP Lineup

    by AQUA Editors September 2015

    Genesis has announced its suite of educational programs for the 2015 PSP Expo, a slate which offers IACET and additional continuing education credit options. International-level courses in watershape hydraulics, structures and cosmetic innovations will be available for industry professionals in the building, design and landscape architecture fields.

    The Genesis programs are categorized into four groups: Design, Engineering, Construction and Business, with a matrix that helps define...