THE RECENT water-main break in Philadelphia is a red flag that our current water-management systems need to be overhauled.

If we don't make changes, like including more competition in how the area's water systems are managed, taxpayers and ratepayers will end up paying exorbitant utility bills and huge liabilities in the future.

A recent study conducted by the National Taxpayers Union found that nearly a half-trillion dollars in government expenditures could be saved over the next four decades if processes like the adoption of open procurement for pipe materials and better asset management are incorporated. These are among the proposals supported by the Mayors Water Council of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

It's time that our leaders become more proactive in supporting fiscally responsible approaches to water policy, both here and across the U.S.

Pete Sepp

Executive vice president

National Taxpayers Union

Alexandria, Va.

Beat red

I am disappointed in the Daily News. First it was Fox29 giving the so-called Detroit Lions fan his two-minutes of shine, and now the Daily News?

Since Philadelphia Eagles fans have a "bad name" and are known as being rude, angry and violent, anyone can come up with a story about "getting beat up" with absolutely no proof and get TV and space in your paper.

No video has surfaced of this supposed attack. There are cameras all over the sports complex. The guy claiming to be a victim has zero evidence that what he said ever happened.

Victor Rivera

Philadelphia

Wanna pet?

It's after Christmas, but presents are still being bought and people are still in a giving mood. If you are thinking of gifting an animal, please consider this: An animal is not always the best holiday present for someone else.

But if you must, a rescue animal for your family should be your first choice. There are many wonderful healthy dogs and cats waiting at your local shelter for their "furever" home.

Please visit your local shelter to see for yourself. A life-long friend awaits you.

Lori F. Oakes

Philadelphia