Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Department (RWS&S)  was formulated during the year 1997 by the Government of Andhra Pradesh  Accordingly Panchayat Raj Rural development Engineering service gets bifurcated into Panchayat Raj Engineering service and Rural water Supply Engineering Service during the Year 2007 and deemed to have been created w.e.f 1.4.2008. It functions directly under the Ministry of Rural water Supply with Principal Secretary to Government (RWS) as its administrative head and Engineer-in-Chief as its technical head.  The Drinking Water Supply is a very important issue as over 80% of health problems are due to consumption of unsafe water and increasing health awareness among the rural public  underlines the additional attention to be paid to the subject, hence one of the most important programmes of the Government is the provision of safe drinking water to the rural population.

The RWS&S Division Office, Kothagudem having 26 Mandals ( GP’s : 334, Habitations : 2085 )in TSP area as per 2011 census with an total population – 1404291 (Tribal Population – 567536 ), having PWS Schemes: – 669, MPWS Schemes: – 330, CPWS :- 05, Hand Pumps:- 12071, Others:- 484    and Water Testing Laboratories : 5 No’s ( Kothagudem, Yellandu, Manuguru, Bhadrachalam and Aswaraopeta ) are established in this division ( Test Water Samples both Chemically and Bacteria logically, water testing laboratories )