Can one freeze water instead of boiling to make it safe to drink? Why or why not?

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This is in the context of well/tap water that doesn’t meet “potable water” requirements due to lack of inspection thoroughness/frequency

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It depends on why its unsafe to drink in the first place. Other people have covered microbes and heat, so I’ll mention the cold. If you’re drinking sea or salt water, you can begin to freeze it so that it separates into salt rich water and salt deficient ice, then pour out the water and melt the ice.

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