• UPDATE: Green Olympic Pool Diagnosed, Drained

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    After much speculation in the pool industry and beyond, officials at the Rio Olympics have finally explained why the diving pool and water polo pool took a green turn: hydrogen peroxide.

    RELATED:Rio's Olympic Diving Pool Turns Green Overnight

    As the

  • How to Design with Purpose

    by Bradley Renken August 2016

    Have you ever wondered why some exterior environments are used and others go virtually ignored? Or why some backyards become huge points of pride for the homeowners while others don't?

    I've come to believe the answers boil down to a simple, yet profound concept: designing with purpose.

    Specifically, I've noticed that the majority of my customers (and, by association, my competitors) seem to focus on the elements contained within a design instead of what exactly those...

  • Rio's Olympic Diving Pool Turns Green Overnight

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    Yesterday at the Rio Olympics, divers and attendees in the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre were surprised by a big change: the diving pool, overnight, had turned green.

    Images of the green pool went viral online yesterday, including this post by Tom Daley, an Olympic diver from Great Britain:

  • Pump Replacement Made Easier

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    Manufacturers report that anywhere between 80 and 90 percent of pump and motor sales are for the replacement market — an unsurprising estimate given the ratio of existing to new pools at any given time.

    With so many pumps replaced each year, and so many service companies relying on pump sales and labor for a large chunk of their annual revenue, it only makes sense to establish practices that both ease the replacement process and ensure the best results in terms of performance and...

  • AOP + Pools: For Some, the Perfect Match

    by Barrett Kilmer August 2016

    What's the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of a YMCA pool? If it's not piercing lifeguard whistles or the echoing laughter of children, chances are you thought of the smell. Most people call it a "chlorine" smell, but pool pros know it's really caused by chloramines.

    Keith Williams is vice president of facilities and properties for the YMCA of Boulder Valley, situated at the base of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. So he knows all about that smell. Six years ago, one...

  • Pump Standards Agreement Reached

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    An agreement between industry, efficiency proponents, and other interested parties for the first national energy efficiency standards for pool pumps was approved last week by a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) advisory committee.

    Based on DOE’s analysis, the standards will save more than 400 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity over 30 years of sales or the equivalent amount of electricity used annually by 37 million U.S. households, making it one of the biggest energy savings...

  • Uber for Pool Service: Will On-Demand Service Take Off?

    by Cailley Hammel August 2016

    Nicole Ruble was on Facebook in late April when an ad caught her eye. It was promoting a new lead generation service, Pool Service on Demand, that claimed it could help pool businesses land new service customers.

    Ruble, sales manager of JFY Pools in Elgin, Ill., was intrigued. But Sean Ruble, her husband and owner of JFY Pools, was uncertain.

    "I was the one that was like, 'All right, let's do it, it sounds really interesting,'" Nicole says. "Sean was the one who was a little...

  • OSHA Jacks Fines by 78%

    by AQUA Editors July 2016

    In accordance with federal legislation which went into effect yesterday, August 1, fines for OSHA infractions by employers nationwide will be raised by 78 percent. The following schedule of fine increases was released by the US Labor Department:


  • Preparing for the Fall Cover Up

    by Eric Herman July 2016

    As summer rolls in and temperatures rise, pool professionals in seasonal markets begin turning their attention to ordering winter pool covers — a significant source of income, whether sold in new construction or in the aftermarket.

    Interestingly, covers are relatively expensive items that are sold by builders, servicers and retailers alike. And although the selling process unfolds differently in each category, the basic necessity of covering up for winter never really...

  • The Dirt on Filter Cleaning

    by AQUA Editors July 2016

    Today, we take on the topic of filter cleaning — how, when, where (well, that's an easy one) and what works best with which filter type. We talked to five seasoned veterans and gathered some of their insights on aquatic filtration. There may be a trick or two here you haven't thought of.