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About Aquarius Pools Construction Co. Inc.

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Our History

In 1974, Terry Ernst founded Aquarius Pools Construction Co. Inc. as a swimming pool construction company.  In the initial stages, the company operated out of Terry's house and had only two employees.  From this humble beginning came a company that developed a strong reputation for integrity and excellent pool construction.


In 1977, the first retail operation was started when Terry rented 1,000 square feet of space on Warm Springs Road.  The following year Terry expanded the business to 3,000 feet by buying the building he rented.


It was during this time that the company became a fully rounded swimming pool company by offering a wide range of service including construction, service, cleaning, and a full line of pool chemicals and accessory items.


In 1985 Terry was awarded the Small Business Person of the Year award by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.  Aquarius Pools Construction Co. Inc. has become a recognized leader in the swimming pool and spa industry as evidenced by the numerous international awards for swimming pool and spa design.


The company continued to grow and prosper and in 1987 moved to its present location, a new 10,000 square foot building on Whittlesey Road.


Over the years as Aquarius Pools Construction Co. Inc. has changed and grown, we continue to offer the exceptional services and superior quality that we were founded on.


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Products and Services:

Please take a moment to look at the products and services offered by Aquarius Pools Construction Co. Inc.


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10 Reasons Homeowners Love Aquarius Pools Construction Co. Inc.

  1. A+ Rating with the BBB.
  2. Certified Pool Operator on Staff.
  3. Custom Designs.
  4. Exclusive Dealer for Hot Spring and Jacuzzi Hot Tubs.
  5. Extensive Experience - Pool Construction, Service, and Retail staff.
  6. Free Expert Advice (Stop by our store).
  7. 40 years servicing the area.
  8. Retail Stores in Columbus and Phenix city.
  9. In-house service team.
  10. Member of PHTA.


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Associations and Certifications

Aquarius Pools Construction Co. Inc. is proud to be a member of the following associations.


PHTA – “Pool and Hot Tub Alliance”

The PHTA was formed in 2019 through the merger of The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and The National Swimming Pool Foundation. Both organizations have similar goals of making swimming safe, healthy and fun, so the merger was a logical improvement.


PHTA is the world's largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers' agents, designers, builders, installers, supplier, retailers and service professionals. PHTA offers pool and hot tub education and certification programs, provides valuable membership benefits, develops trusted industry standards and advocates for critical legislation.


PHTA members adhere to a code of ethics in business and technical practices and share a strong commitment to the safe, healthful, and enjoyable use of industry products.


More information at: More information at: PHTA - Pool and Hot Tub Alliance


Aquarius Pools Construction Co., Inc., Pool Contractors, Columbus, GA BBB – “Better Business Bureau”

The BBB is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and foster the highest ethical standards between companies and their customers in the areas of:

  • Dependable Service
  • Honesty In Advertising
  • Honest Business Practices
  • Reliable Complaint Handling Procedures


Examples of services provided by the BBB are Business Reliability Reports, Dispute Resolution, Truth-in-Advertising, Consumer and Business Education and Charity Review.



To be a member of the BBB, an applicant must:

  • Be invited to apply for membership by a staff person or Director of the Bureau.
  • Be actively engaged in business, in the BBB's service area, for no less than 6 months.
  • Supply background information about the company, its principals or other information deemed essential to the BBB.
  • Cooperate with the BBB's activities and efforts to promote voluntary self-regulation within the business industry.
  • Adhere to established BBB standards of advertising and selling, including the Code of Online Business Practices for online businesses that apply for the BBB On Line Reliability logo, and cooperate with the BBB in matters relating thereto.
  • Promptly respond to any and all complaints forwarded by the BBB, and make good faith efforts to resolve all such complaints in accordance with generally accepted good business practices.
  • Comply with any decisions rendered through the Bureau's or an alternative provider's binding arbitration program.
  • Eliminate the underlying causes of patterns of consumer complaints that the BBB may call to the company's attention
  • Be free from an unsatisfactory report at the BBB in whose service area the company is headquartered.
  • Be free from any governmental action concerning the marketplace and its customers that demonstrates a significant failure of the company to support the principals and purposes of the BBB.
  • Support the principles and purposes of the BBB and not engage in any activity that reflects unfavorably on the BBB and its members.
  • Refrain from using the name or logo of the BBB for commercial, sales or advertising purposes in any manner not specifically authorized in writing by the BBB.
  • Promptly notify the Bureau of any changes in ownership, licensing status, addresses, telephone numbers, web site and any other information deemed necessary by the Bureau.
  • Fulfill all licensing and bonding requirements of applicable city, county, state and federal agencies and authorities, and provide license numbers upon application for BBB membership and provide periodic updates on request of the BBB.


Businesses earning the right to be included in this organization have a strong reputation of taking care of their customers. More information at: Better Business Bureau


CPO® - Certified Pool Operator®

The Certified Pool/Spa Operator® certification program has delivered more training than any other program in the pool and spa industry since 1972, resulting in more than 200,000 successful CPO® certifications in 44 countries.


CPO® certification courses are designed to provide individuals with the basic knowledge, techniques, and skills of pool and spa operations. It covers 14-16 hours of information from the NSPF® Pool & Spa Operator™ Handbook (provided) and local codes taught by an NSPF® Instructor.


Instructors receive comprehensive training and certification to teach the CPO® certification program. These instructors represent every segment in the aquatic industry including operators, health officials, service professionals, builders, manufacturers, property managers, retailers, and academicians. The training these instructors provide has helped protect millions of swimmers by reducing hazards at aquatic facilities.


The CPO® program is widely accepted by health departments. More information at


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