Local Well Driller Finding Water for African Nation

March 4, 2013 Updated Mar 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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March 4, 2013 Updated Mar 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM EDT

ALDEN, N.Y. (WKBW) Over four decades, Bill Frey and his family have become experts in drilling gas and water wells throughout Western New York.

But in a couple weeks, Bill will be on his way to the West Africa Nation of Sierra Leone to help villagers get fresh water.

"Some days it is 115 {degrees} by noon," said Frey.

Four years ago, Bill began working with Global Outreach Mission in Getzville to help the struggling people of Sierra Leone.

Eleven years of civil war left the nation devastated, and now many people are forced to survive off dirty water which causes rampant disease and death.

"The life expectancy for the average adult is only 42, and quite honest, it has the highest infant mortality rate in the world," added Dennis Campbell from Global Outreach Mission.

Donations from the Global Outreach Mission helped pay for shipping costs to get the Frey well drilling equipment overseas.

Over 70 fresh water wells have been completed so far, and in many cases. the wells supply water for close to 500 people.

"You are grateful that you are able to do it," explained Bill Frey.