The Institution of Chemical Engineers has come under fire for failing to recognise the work of chemical engineers in the municipal water industry.
Don Ratnayaka, technical director of process engineering at contractor Binnie Black & Veatch’s water treatment unit, said it is damaging water company attempts to attract graduate engineers into the industry.
Ratnayaka, an IChemE fellow, said the Institution’s water subject group mainly serves industrial users rather than concerning itself with municipal drinking water. He resigned his membership of the group because of the imbalance.
He claimed the institution fails to promote the sector to undergraduates and as a result most aim for employment in the petrochemical industry.
Ratnayaka’s claims were denied by the IChemE. A spokesman said there has been a surge in membership of its water subject group. `The biggest growth in corporate membership has been in the water industry,’ he said.