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Back in March I received a call from my long-time friend and industry legend, Vance Gillette. For those who might not be familiar with Vance, he has been a beloved business leader in the pool and spa industry for more than 40 years and even now in retirement, he still is.

Vance called me to share

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Looking at water resource issues it’s easy to despair. Starting with the fact that over a billion people experience some level of water scarcity is obscure to those of us who have lived our entire lives without having to even consider the availability of water beyond

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For all of its ubiquitous nature, it’s fair to say that most people in the industrialized world take water for granted. Since the introduction of public water treatment in the early 20th Century, our supply has been so safe and reliable that we carelessly assume it will always be there. Clean water flows out of the tap, and the bad water goes down the sink or

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Locating pools and other types of watershapes adjacent to natural bodies of water presents a range of exciting design opportunities. Perhaps the most familiar is the iconic vanishing edge, a design feature that remains a popular choice for water-side sites where

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Back when we launched WaterShapes, just over 21 years ago, the magazine surprised lots of people for a variety of reasons: Its broad focus on all types of water systems; the fact that it’s written in the first person by industry experts and not

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The cliché is true; to know where you’re going you’ve got to know where you’ve been. Like all professions, watershaping has a rich history of innovation and groundbreaking achievements. Unlike other more heralded fields, however, there is no watershaping hall of fame – but if there were, you’d find many an inductee covered in these pages.

Most every field of human endeavor has its

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Simply because water is universal does not mean humans necessarily understand it or see it for what it truly is. I’ve been covering all things aquatic for three decades and the cliché is true, the more I know the more ignorant I become. From the emotional, even spiritual facets of water, to the recreational and awe-inspiring, to the

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By any measure, the past year has been a time of tumultuous change – and I’m not referencing the current microbiological situation. (In fact, let’s just declare this space a “virus-free” zone for now.)

Rather I’m talking about the tumbling dominoes that have been falling throughout the pool and spa industry since last spring. Dating back to the

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After a long, satisfying run, this will be the last blog I’ll write for WaterShapes: With the next edition of this newsletter on April 8, that’s a privilege I’ll transfer to Eric Herman with gratitude and best wishes.

While I have this chance, I have some additional thanks to

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I’ve heard it often enough in the past couple years that I’m becoming a believer: It looks as though more and more watershapers are finding seats at the design table and have become respected participants in water-related aspects of significant projects led by

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If you haven’t already heard, there are two huge development in the world of WaterShapes, the first having to do with a transition, the second with an addition. Both are exciting and please me more than I can say.

First, as was announced a just few days ago, Eric Herman will soon come aboard

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I promise not to be insufferably happy in too many more of these blogs, but I have to say that the trade show I just attended as a new member of the Watershape University team was an over-the-moon experience for me.

It has been decades since I can recall being even slightly

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Through the years, I assembled a pair of large computer files containing links to two specific sorts of news items. At the time, I considered them to be never-the-twain-shall-meet categories that I would eventually write about separately. But now I see them as interwoven,

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