Let Mike quote the code to ya.kay said:Yeah it's cool i'm going to ground it right to the fauce pipe which is within just an inch or so of the entrance to the house.
BUT.. just so you understand/know
...that 5 ft applies to the SERVICE ENTRANCE of the Wtr line into the structure AND the water line has to have direct contact with the earth for 10 ft prior to its entrance according to the code.(which im sure it(10 ft of earth contact) does and that 10 ft of gr contact really is not an issue in most circumstances on a res install)
(So that means within 5 ft of where the wtr main enters your home, (which refers to where the wtr main Actually leaves the earth if your pipe comes from the ground) and doesnt ness. mean the wall of your home.
=wtr main (from meter) entrance point & not to excede 5 ft in distance within the structure before its grounded.