In The News: November 11, 2010

CPSC Partners With Industry On Education And Outreach

CPSC logoThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has formed a strategic partnership with the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) for the agency's "Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives" public safety campaign. The formal announcement was issued at the 2010 IPSPE in Las Vegas.

Under the agreement, APSP will work with CPSC to promote the Pool Safely campaign to the pool and spa industry. As the newest Campaign Safety Partner, APSP will play an important role in helping to reduce the number of drowning, near-drowning and entrapment incidents each year by working with its members and customers to prioritize compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool And Spa Safety Act. The Pool Safely campaign is part of CPSC's national information and education program associated with the Act.

"The industry will be an important partner in delivering the campaign's safety message through its national network of pool and spa professionals," said Kathleen Reilly, CPSC's Pool Safely campaign leader. "We appreciate that APSP will use its role as an industry leader to help promote the Pool Safely campaign and make campaign materials and other resources available to its members and their customers."

Starting at the IPSPE, APSP will provide Pool Safely materials at industry events, in publications, on industry videos, on its Website, and through social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter. In addition, APSP will develop a specific Pool Safely page within the "safety" section of its Website (, where visitors can find information on the campaign and order campaign materials.

"The safe use of pools and spas is a priority for everyone, from companies that build and service pools, to facility management, to parents and individuals who enjoy the benefits of aquatic activities," said Bill Weber, President and CEO of APSP. "We're proud to partner with CPSC on the Pool Safely campaign and hope the combined efforts of CPSC with the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, along with other organizations, will serve to focus attention on the importance of water safety to all stakeholders."

GAVA Announces 2010 Winners

photo of GAVA Awards Gold winnerThe Global AquaTekture Visionary Awards for 2010 were announced during the annual GAVA Awards Reception held Nov. 2 in Las Vegas, at Celebrity Eva Longoria's EVE Nightclub in the new CityCenter.

Forty-eight entries from across the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Central America and Portugal received Bronze, Silver and Gold awards and will be included in a full-color, hardbound book published by Schiffer Publishing. International Pools, Spas and Water Environments Edition II is due for release in early Spring 2011.

2010 GAVA WINNERS - RESIDENTIAL DIVISIONCategory: Residential Pool Infinity Edge/Perimeter Overflow

  • Joan Roca, Aquart, Nicoya, Costa Rica: gold
  • Brett Hatfield, Downunda Pools, Bentwater, Texas: gold
  • Island Pools & Spas, Inc., Edgartown, Mass.: silver
  • Todd Hendrickson, Aquascape, Petaluma, Calif.: silver
  • Blair Brown, Indigo Pool and Spa, Greensboro, Ga.: bronze
  • Edwin Vives, Venezolana de Piscinas I.C.A., Valencia, Venezuela: bronze
  • Erik H. Nissen, Euro Pools, LLC, McAllen, Texas: bronze

Category: Residential Pool Freeform

  • Larry Duffy, Cameo Pools, Mesa, Ariz.: gold
  • Champagne Aquatech Pools of Central Florida, Sanford, Fla.: silver
  • Brian Williams, Aqua Blue Pools, Newbury Park, Calif.: bronze

Category: Geometric

  • Custom Design Pools, Friendswood, Texas: gold
  • Paul Ryan, Texas Pools, The Woodlands, Texas: gold
  • Platinum Poolcare, Chicago: silver
  • John Versfelt, Southernwind Pools, McKinney, Texas: silver
  • Thom Blumenchamp, CBP, Texas Pools, The Woodlands, Texas: silver
  • Custom Design Pools, Friendswood, Texas: silver
  • Brian Williams, Aqua Blue Pools, Newbury, Calif.: bronze
  • Erik H. Nissen, Euro Pools, LLC, McAllen, Texas: bronze

Category: Traditional

  • Doug Johnston, Stonecrest Pools, Southlake, Texas: gold
  • International Landscaping, Milton, Ontario: gold
  • Pool Works - All Around Pools, Sterling Heights, Mich.: bronze

Category: Natural Setting

  • Joan Roca, Aquart, Nicoya, Costa Rica: gold

The GAVA competition is open to design professionals throughout the world dedicated to influencing and creating thought-provoking solutions.

A Beautiful Custom Spa Bubbles Up From The Post-Katrina Wreckage

photo of post-Katrina spaLike many flood and restoration stories, this one begins, "Once this was all under water . . . "

Eight feet of water, to be exact, after a hellacious rain fell in late August 2005, burst levees around the city of New Orleans and let the sea come rushing in. Katrina was the biggest natural disaster in U.S. history, and in the course of laying waste to much of The Big Easy, she took out a small tropical-style backyard pool in Lakeview, an enclave just outside the city limits.

After the waters subsided and the sun came out, residents began the long slow process of rebuilding an iconic southern city. Part of that effort includes this compact custom spa and pool project built of stone and travertine.

Read more about this post-Katrina spa.

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