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The Sanitary Engineering Laboratory was established in 1981 (Presidential Decree 573/1-6-81) and belongs since 1982 (Senate decision of 17-12-1982) to the Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Department of the School of Civil Engineering of The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).The Laboratory is included in the list of laboratories authorised by NTUA to provide consultancy services.

The Laboratory is included in the list of NTUA laboratories providing advisory and consultancy services. Furthermore, it is accredited by the Hellenic Accreditation System (accreditation no 496) for chemical and microbiological analyses for water, wastewater and sludge.

The activities of the Laboratory include education, basic and applied research and consultancy services in the wider field of Water Resources Management and Environmental Protection. More specific fields include the management of water resources, water, wastewater and sludge treatment, solid waste management, reuse of wastewater and biosolids,  the quality of the aquatic environment, ecosystems and environmental impact assessments.