Et Tu, Plumber?
Back in the day, this would have been the house’s “main grounding connection.” It’s where the electrical service was grounded to the house’s steel water pipe. Somewhere along the way, someone changed out the thicker steel pipe for a more slender copper tube. Disturbed rust on the screw threads shows where someone loosened the clamp to change it, but callously disregarded the fact that the old clamp didn’t fit on the new tube. Like the Grinch’s heart, it’s two sizes too small. This leaves the house with a very poor grounding connection to the earth, making it vulnerable to surges.