Water heater equipment ground for bond?

Can you use the equipment ground of an electric water heater to bond water pipes? Is that what is happening here? Thanks

You can but not to satisfy any code requirements. Any idea what that bare wire is actually doing?

No, that’s what my guess was. I’m not sure why else they would do that.

Ryan Hesselberg
Hess Home Inspection

I wish I had a better answer. in some locales they install a bonding jumper between the hot and cold water pipes but it isn’t that. Even if it were it would be too small since those bonding jumpers are typically based on the size of the service. 100 amp-#8, 150 amp-#6, 200 amp #4, etc.