Shute’s Water Systems

Shute’s Water Systems – A Family Tree with Deep Roots

Posted by  //  November 7, 2023  //  Local Business

Shute’s Water Systems and Shute’s LaFayette Well Drilling has been a family-run business serving Central New York for 60 years, drilling wells, installing pumps and treating problem water.

Originally known as LaFayette Well Drilling, established in 1963 by Howard Shute, and brother-in-law, Warren Shetler, both the business and their reputation grew over the years. Shute continued on with the business after Shetler decided to pursue other interests.

Shute was then joined by his sons, Mark, Neil and Scott. Howard Shute retired at nearly 80 years of age while his sons continued the family tradition of providing safe and pure water to the community.

Today, Shute’s Water Systems is run by Scott Shute and Matt Farkas, and Shute’s Excavation is run by Todd Shute. Scott’s wife Becky runs the office with Mark Shute’s daughter Jill. The family attributes the majority of its continued success from recommendations it receives from satisfied customers.

Shute said many municipal water systems contain calcium and magnesium, which as “hard” substances, form scale and create problems in water heaters, dish washers and plumbing systems. 

Water purification can include the removal of iron, sulfur, chlorine and bacteria in a chemical-free process. Softening the water is also important and has many benefits, not only for family members, but for plumbing systems and appliances too.

“Uncontaminated water is essential for good health,” Shute said. “Foul-smelling or unusual odors from your water should make you question your water’s quality and safety.”

Many families throughout Central New York use well water as a source of drinking water and for all its household needs. Unfortunately, water containing hydrogen sulfide gas has a distinctive “rotten egg” odor which is especially noticeable when running hot water.

Shute said the danger lies in a gradual chemical reaction

“Hydrogen sulfide gas will corrode plumbing metals such as iron, steel, copper and brass, and the exposed metal parts in appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines” Shute said. “Also, corrosion of iron and steel pipes from ferrous sulfide, or ‘black water,’ that can darken everyday tableware, discolor copper and brass utensils and alter the appearance and taste of cooked foods.”

Additionally, Shute said, sulfur water can make washing clothes more difficult.

Shute’s Water Systems can assure customers that these hazards and more can be avoided or remedied using its time-tested, ecological systems

Shute’s offers a free water analysis that will help lead to great-tasting and healthy water from the tap. Located in LaFayette, Shute’s Water Systems can be reached at (315) 677-5552, or visit Everyone at Shute’s Water Systems wishes our friends, family and customers a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

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