No public officer or employee connected with the care or management of the canal system
shall be interested in any hydraulic work dependent upon the canals for a supply of
water or in any commercial float navigating the canals, or directly or indirectly
in any contract on the canals as a contractor, surety or otherwise in his own name
or in the name of any other person or either directly or indirectly derives any benefit
from an expenditure upon the canal system beyond his established compensation. If any officer or employee shall, at any time while holding such office or employment,
be or become so interested or derive any such benefit, he shall forfeit his office
or position and be discharged therefrom, and any contract in contravention hereof
shall be void.
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