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TOLEDO -- When the drinking water was banned in Toledo, costs on bottled H2O skyrocketed in the region.

Now, authorities are getting involved.

On Monday, the Ohio Attorney General's Office announced they are sending representatives to Toledo to monitor price gouging on bottled water.

Toledo had a weekend water crisis when city officials enacted a ban Saturday on drinking water as algae blooms created toxic conditions within Lake Erie. The ban was lifted at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Laws that address price gouging vary from state to state. While Ohio does not have a statute that deals directly with price gouging, state law bans unconscionable sales practices.

A practice could be considered unconscionable if the supplier knew at the time of the transaction that the price was substantially higher than the price at which similar goods or services could be readily obtained. It is also an unfair and deceptive practice to dramatically increase the price of in-stock products based solely in response to current events.

Consumers who suspect price gouging or other unfair business practices are encouraged to call the Attorney General's Office at 800-282-0515.

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