Revealing language?

The average American uses 159 gallons of water every day – more than 15 times the average person in the developing world. From showering and washing our hands to watering our lawns and washing our cars, Americans use a lot of water. To put things into perspective, the average five-minute shower will use about 10 gallons of water. Now imagine using that same amount to bathe, wash your clothes, cook your meals and quench your thirst.
(Emphasis in original)

This is from a mail I received last week from change.org promoting the Blog Action Day. The chosen topic this year is “Water”. This was one of five facts chosen by the change.org to “highlight the severity of the global water problem”.

If I wanted to present that fact as highlighting a problem, I would put it as:

The average person in the developing world has access to only about 10 gallons of water a day – less than a fifteenth of what the average American uses.

What is the problem here? That the developing world does not have adequate access to water or that America does? Does the choice of language reveal something about the world-view of the organizers?

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