Earthing/Grounding alternatives Ok, in my house there are 220V outlets with 3 pins (earth, live and neutral). the earth wire is sent to a metal pipe outside which was pounded into the ground. i was thinking of alternative ways to get setup the earthing system. i know that if the earth wire was disconnected from the metal pipe there would be no where for the excess charge to go hence it would go back into appliances and so on and probably hurt someone. what i am thinking of is other ways of getting rid of the excess charge like placing the ground wire in a sealed container containing water. Would the container with water work as good as the metal pipe in the earth's surface?