Q: Is it okay to drive while in need of a water pump?

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My car has been unofficially diagnosed as needing a water pump due to a leak of my coolant in the bottom front of the engine block. Is it safe to drive the vehicle short distances if I keep the coolant tank filled with water and it doesn't overheat(coolant is just a little expensive) without causing further damage to the vehicle?

2002 Ford Focus wagon ztw

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