There are currently five reception centers for refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH). Of these, Lipa camp in Bihac is the only one that does not provide access to a stable water supply for refugees. Currently, about 850-900 migrants live in Lipa. In the fire in December 2020, most of the infrastructure in the camp was destroyed. The lack of water supply causes widespread health problems for the people, most recently there has even been an outbreak of scabies in Lipa. Water is essential for a human reception center and to maintain the health and dignity of the refugees. There is one water source in Lipa with a minimum water capacity (30m³/day). There are two other potential water sources within a radius of about 2km. If these are combined with the existing source in Lipa, there is enough water for all the people all year round (for up to 2,000 people), namely 243m³/day. The camp is currently supplied with electricity by generators, which are also used for the newly built water system. The city of Bihac is planning to connect Lipa camp to the public electricity grid, which complements our project.
Hilfswerk International now provides a stable water supply for the refugee reception center.