• The Secret Life of Biofilm

    by Eric Herman January 2019

    Although most people in the industry have heard of it, few know the risks and mysteries of biofilm.

    Biofilm is almost everywhere. According to scientists who study it, wherever there's water, nutrients and a surface, biofilm is likely to form.

    It exists in rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and oceans. It forms in all types of manmade water systems, from public utilities to factories, hospitals, dentist offices, dishwashers, cooling towers, washing machines, air conditioners and...

  • Pkdata: Shrinking to Greatness?

    by Bil Kennedy January 2019

    During the 1928 presidential campaign, Herbert Hoover famously promised that in addition to “a chicken in every pot,” there would also be “a car in every driveway.” That would have been a neat trick back then, even without the Depression: at the time there were 21 million cars and 57 million driveways. Yet as we know, cars eventually caught up with driveways.

    Pools, however, seem to be on a different course. True, the percent of single-family homes with inground pools has increased...

  • Extreme Spadework: Man Vs. Canyon

    by Barrett Kilmer January 2019

    Joshua Hall is not one to shy away from a challenge, so when I called to schedule an interview about a pool he'd dug by hand, he agreed, despite the reconstructive surgery he had scheduled the day before we were to talk. "It's part of the story that adds intrigue," he said in a way that promised it would be worth my...

  • Amazon Launches Interactive Showroom Experience

    by Cailley Hammel January 2019

    Amazon is further investing in experiential retail, this time by rolling out a show digital showroom feature called Amazon Showroom.

    The interactive program allows customers to create their own virtual living rooms. Customers can select wall and floor color and fill the space with selections from a vast online inventory of sofas, lamps, rugs, coffee tables, art and more — all of which are part of Amazon’s private-label...

  • How to Calculate Pool Volume Using Only Chemistry

    by Kim Skinner and Que Hales January 2019

    When measuring the volume of a pool, it's common to turn to calculations based on square footage and depth. That's a perfectly fine method...for pools that are traditionally shaped. However, when you encounter a pool that falls outside of the normal array of pool shapes, you can turn to a chemical method to measure volume.

    All you need is an alkalinity test kit, sodium bicarbonate or muriatic acid, and the formula. In short, this method involves adding a specific amount of acid or...

  • New Drone Art Series Captures Unique Backyard Spaces

    by Abigail Carpenter January 2019


  • Latham Acquired by New Investors

    by AQUA Editors December 2018

    Pamplona Capital Management recently acquired controlling interest in Latham Pool Products from Wynnchurch Capital, which will remain a significant investor in the manufacturer of pool components and accessories.

    “We are excited to work with  Wynnchurch and the Latham management team to build on the company’s 62 years of customer relationships and market leadership,” said Russell Gehrett, a partner with Pamplona. “Latham already has a reputation for building the most-reliable,...

  • Lower the Risk of Legionellosis

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) December 2018

    2017 saw a rash of Legionella outbreaks at public swimming pools and spas. In July, three members of a Gold's Gym in Kennewick, Wash., fell ill with Legionnaire's disease, a type of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria. In May, the community pool and spa at Foothill Ranch in Lake Forest, Calif., closed...

  • Pool Care and Repair After Wildfires

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) December 2018

    Last year was one of California's most devastating wildfire seasons in recorded history. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Golden State saw more than 7,500 fires consume 1.6 million acres of land. And in November, the Woolsey Fire and Camp Fires caused unprecedented damage, becoming California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record

    With a new year before us and wildfire season just around the corner, here are some tips for...

  • The Basics: Boric Acid and Sodium Borates

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) December 2018


    A few quick facts about boric acid and sodium borates:

    • Used as a pH buffer in swimming pools (against increases in pH)

    • Helps to limit algae growth (acts as an algaestat)

    • Lowers chlorine demand

    • Additional benefits may include reduced corrosion

    • Recommended dose