• Beijing’s Water Cube, 10 Years Later

    by Kathryn Howard April 2018

    The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was a highlight in the swimming world — 24 world records were broken and Michael Phelps took home eight gold medals. These events were held at the Beijing National Aquatic Centre, colloquially known as the Water Cube.

    Despite the grandeur of the Olympic games, the...

  • Build A Package Pool in Just a Few Clicks

    by Eric Herman April 2018

    Online shopping has transformed the way consumers behave. The combination of instantaneous access to product information and reviews, combined with the ability to purchase virtually anything you want in a matter of seconds, has created an unprecedented level of consumer empowerment. The numbers are impressive: According to, e-commerce sales reached $400-billion in 2016, growing 15.6 percent from 2015....

  • The Evolution of Package-Pool Marketing

    by Eric Herman April 2018

    Package pools have come a long way in recent years. As has been widely reported in AQUA and elsewhere, package pools have evolved to the point where they offer most of the same features available in custom concrete pools. And many dealers offering package pools have moved into the total backyard business, offering luxury amenities such as custom hardscape, outdoor kitchens and shade structures.

    As the product and distribution continue to evolve, marketing and advertising have been...

  • A Moveable Garden?

    by AQUA Editors April 2018

    Sometimes you want a pool. And sometimes, you want a koi pond. With the flip of a switch, this movable flowerbed offers you the choice. The owner of this pool/pond combo project in the Netherlands preferred to reflect upon his garden and koi pond during the week, and open up a swimming pool for...

  • Rash Cause: Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Explained

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) March 2018

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa (abbreviated P. aeruginosa and pronounced sood-o-`mo- nez airoo-gin-o-sa) is a bacterium that causes the majority of skin rashes and infections from pool and spa use. P. aeruginosa is also the cause of most cases of “swimmer’s ear” acquired in swimming pools. It is generally believed that P. aeruginosa rashes are the most common recreational water illness in treated waters.

    What It Is

    P. aeruginosa is a very common bacterium found in water, soil and...

  • The Birth of the Automatic Pool Cleaner

    by Eric Herman March 2018

    In 1957, Andrew L. Pansini made a curious observation. While cleaning his pool in Greenbrae, Calif., he noticed a garden hose that had fallen into the pool was moving back and forth, lifting the dirt on the floor of the pool up into suspension, which would then settle down closer to the main drain at the deep end of the pool.

    That's when it struck him: He had discovered what would become the basic concept for the automatic pool cleaner (APC). A year later, Pansini founded Jandy...

  • Beware The Swim Reaper

    by Kathryn Howard March 2018

    If you're not careful around the water, you might meet the grim reaper. Unless you're in New Zealand, where you might instead meet the Swim Reaper. The Swim Reaper is social media campaign designed by Water Safety New Zealand...

  • E. coli: Waterborne Health Risk

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) March 2018

    The bacterium Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli) is a major cause of foodborne illness and is responsible for an estimated 93,094 cases of infection and 3,268 hospitalizations in the United States each year. (This strain of E. coli gets its O157:H7 designation from the specific markers on its surface, thereby distinguishing it from all other strains.)

    While most strains of E. coli are harmless and live in the intestines of humans and other animals, E. coli O157:H7 produces a very...

  • Swan Pool Rails: Beautiful and Practical

    by Kathryn Howard March 2018

    Pool rails serve an essential purpose in the backyard: to ensure safe entry and egress from the water. But as important as they are, Larry Williams noticed something: In terms of design, they are often overlooked.

    “When my parents were building their dream home, the builder encouraged them not to put in a swimming pool handrail because it would take away from the beauty of their yard,” Williams says. “When my mother got older, she was unable to get in and out of the...

  • A Package Pool, Just Clicks Away

    by AQUA Editors March 2018

    There are many different ways that package pool dealers use digital media to market their products. One company, MGK Pools in Lowell, Mass., has developed an innovative tool that empowers customers to essentially design their own pools. Called Pool Package Builder, the program is accessed on the company website, where potential buyers can peruse and select the features they want.

    The page was introduced just last year, but according to company founder and owner, Michael Gordon Kern,...