Price gouging complaints connected with Salem’s drinking water crisis are pouring in to the Oregon Department of Justice.
Many are about the Pilot Travel Center in Brooks, which allegedly charged as much as $48 for a case of water on May 30, the day after Salem issued a do-not-drink advisory for health-sensitive people.
Mid-Willamette Valley store shelves were stripped of drinking water following the alert, issued after an algae bloom at Detroit Reservoir contaminated the water with toxins. Some residents drove as far north as West Linn in search of bottles.
The Department of Justice on Monday provided a portion of the complaints in response to the Statesman Journal’s request, filed June 4 under the state’s public records law.
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