• New Standard For Custom Spas, Swim Spas

    by Scott Webb June 2014

    APSP has announced a newly revised standard covering custom, inground spas and swim spas. This standard does not concern factory-built portable spas or factory-built swim spas, nor does it cover public spas.

    Major changes from the previous version of this standard from 1999 include the addition of permanent inground “swim spas,” which has caught the attention and excitement of consumers. “A swim spa provides a wonderful opportunity for homeowners who are challenged...

  • Landscape Design Conference Co-Locating with the 2014 PSP Expo

    by Cailley Hammel June 2014

    As the industry continues to evolve, one of the issues we’ve stressed is growing the relationship between the pool building and landscape design industries. That goal has reached a new step with a major announcement: The PSP Expo has partnered with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, which has agreed to co-locate its...

  • 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...

  • CPSA Announces Sacramento Conference

    by Cailley Hammel May 2014

    As drought conditions worsen, the CPSA is continuing its efforts to protect the California pool and spa industry with an industry-wide meeting for the Sacramento region May 20. 

    The meeting, supported by APSP and IPSSA, will cover a wide variety of subjects aimed at pool builder, service companies and other pool and spa professionals. In particular, the meeting will address strategies for responding to water restrictions, including those that the organization says unfairly...

  • Early Registration open for 2014 WAHC in Portland

    by Cailley Hammel May 2014

    Early registration is now open for the World Aquatic Health Conference, offering a $50 savings for people who register by June 1. Hosted by the National Swimming Pool Foundation, the two-day event is slated for October 8-10, 2014, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Portland, Ore.

    “Helping to make pools fiscally sustainable and improve the safety of those facilities will more likely lead to keeping them open, and keep people coming back for the two things they value most —...

  • APSP Chips In 20K For Drought Campaign

    by Scott Webb March 2014

    APSP has joined the effort to provide a clear voice for the industry in drought-stricken California with a donation of $20,000 to the California drought relief campaign, Let’s Pool Together. The money was awarded through APSP's charitable foundation, World of Recreational Water.

    “For some time now we've been working with the California Pool & Spa Association, IPPSA and others to create a unified industry response to this crisis,” Rich Gottwald, APSP CEO &...

  • Industry Summit Slated For August

    by Scott Webb March 2014

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) has announced the 2014 Industry Summit will be held Aug. 18-20 at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. The theme for the Summit is “Facing Change. Taking Charge.”

    Every two years, APSP brings together hundreds of industry CEOs and senior level decision makers to discuss the most substantive topics affecting the pool, spa, and hot tub industry. 

    APSP Industry Summit sponsors are Watkins Manufacturing and...

  • CPSA Launches Drought Awareness Campaign

    by Scott Webb March 2014

    The California Pool and Spa Association (formerly SPEC) kicked-off its new name change and Drought Crisis Awareness Campaign, titled “Let’s Pool Together,” last Thursday evening at the Western Pool & Spa Show in Long Beach, California.  Chairman Mike Geremia and President John Norwood made comments before a crowd of more than four hundred pool and spa professionals representing all segments of the industry. 

    In response to California’s...

  • CPSA Wins Clarification on Permitting Regulations

    by AQUA Editors March 2014

    The California Pool and Spa Association has succeeded in clarifying a law that would have otherwise caused California pool and spa pros headaches in the permitting process. 

    The law in question is SB 407, which the California Legislature passed in 2009 and went into effect January 1, 2014. According to SB 407, any person who pulls a permit to make improvements to a residential/commercial structure or real...

  • Business Briefs: Mid-February 2014

    by Cailley Hammel February 2014

    Pentair Purchases Assets of Emperor Aquatic 

    Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems, Inc. is excited to announce it has purchased the assets of Emperor Aquatics, Inc., a leading supplier of UV disinfection and water filtering solutions. 

    With the addition of EAI, Pentair is well positioned to address the...