The department «Water economics, building services and environment protection» was formed on May 1, 2013 on the basis of two departments: «Water economics of enterprises and aggregation» and «Environmental engineering and environment protection».

The department leads its history from one of the oldest departments of the university, which was organized as part of the engineering and ameliorative department of the Don Polytechnic Institute in 1913 and was called «Water and wastewater».

Since October 15, 2018, the department is headed by Professor Surzhko Oleg Arsenyevich, Doctor of Technical Sciences.