The Public Health Engineering Department of Government of Meghalaya was created under the Chief Engineer, PWD (R&B), till 1st April, 1972. This Department functioned as a separate wing of the PWD (R&B) headed by Additional Chief Public Health Engineer Meghalaya Shillong. Subsequently, the post of Additional Chief Public Health Engineer Meghalaya , Shillong was up graded to the post of Chief Public Health Engineer, Meghalaya, Shillong with effect from 2nd of April, 1972. The Public Health Engineering Department functioned independently and became fully a separate Department.
The Chief Public Health Engineer was also appointed as Ex-Officio Additional Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, PHE Department with effect from December, 1973, with separate Secretary for Public Health Engineering Department. Initially, the Public Health Engineering Department was headed be the Additional Chief Public Health Engineer with 1 (one) Executive Engineer, (PHE) Investigation and Planning with 2 (two) SDOs (PHE) attached to the office of the Additional Chief Public Health Engineer, Meghalaya, Shillong.
The Public Health Engineering Department, Government of Meghalaya, Started functioning with two number of working Divisions with limited staff, i.e. PHE Hills Division, Shillong and PHE Tura, Division. Subsequently, due to increased volume of works, number of Offices were increased and at present PHED is having 7 (seven) circle, 21 (Twenty One) working Divisions and 41 (forty one) working Sub-Divisions where the Public Health Engineering Department under the Government of Meghalaya is run by one Principal Secretary, one Commissioner & Secretary/Secretary and assisted by one Deputy/Under Secretary.