Ohio Attorney General To Monitor Bottled Water Prices In Toledo

The Ohio Attorney General's office has encouraged Toledo area residents who think they were overcharged for bottled water to contact his office.(Photo: catarina clemente)
The Ohio Attorney General's office has encouraged Toledo area residents who think they were overcharged for bottled water to contact his office.(Photo: catarina clemente)

Ohio investigators are monitoring bottled water prices in the Toledo area after possible price-gouging complaints.

Residents have been scrambling for water for drinking, cooking and bathing after officials in the state’s fourth-largest city issued a water warning on Saturday. The mayor lifted the water ban Monday and said the drinking water is safe.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says he’s sending representatives to review water prices. He’s encouraging consumers who believe they paid too much for bottled water to contact his office.

DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney says the office received several dozen complaints over social media this weekend of bottled water cases being sold at more than three times the typical price.

Ohio does not have a statute that deals directly with price gouging, but state law bans unconscionable sales practices.

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  • lynn

    I am disabled and I was charged 24 dollars for a case of water sat morning about 9 am.. the local carry out excuse was that the clerk on staff at the time charged me per bottle because they usually don’t sell them by the case. Then the owner offered me a case of 30 for 15 dollars. The sunoco down the street was selling cases of water for 40 dollars a case,for a few hrs on sat morning. This was on the west side of Toledo , Sylvania ave. willys parkway area.. I am stocking up on water and food that don’t require water to prepare, just in case this happens again this summer. I am really proud of my city and the people in it that helped out their neighbors. Its really sad that there are some that are crooks and thieves and that take advantage of those of us who are disabled and elderly.