Obama: Water distribution not a zero-sum game

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** ADDS NAME OF PERSON AT FAR LEFT ** President Barack Obama, center, speaks about the drought after touring a local farm in Los Banos, Calif., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, as from left, Michael Connor, commissioner of bureau of reclamation Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Obama, Maria Gloria Del Bosque of Empresas Del Bosque, Inc., Joe Del Bosque of Empresas Del Bosque, Inc., Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif., listen. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. has to stop thinking of water as a "zero-sum" game and must do a better job of figuring out how to make sure everyone's water needs are satisfied.

He toured central California on Friday and warned that weather-related disasters, like the drought, will only get worse.

Obama announced more than $160 million in federal aid to help the state cope with its worst drought in more than 100 years. He also says he'll ask Congress for $1 billion to create a fund to invest in research and pay for new technologies to help communities deal with climate change.

In California, Obama also held wide-ranging talks with Jordan's King Abdullah (ab-DUHL'-uh) II.

Obama is spending the weekend in California and returns to Washington on Monday.