How does the circuit fill up

transmission line

I came to know that in transmission line if I send only the phase to the houses and make the neutrals to ground then the circuit works. How does the circuit fill up without having any closed contact with the neutrals of both side.

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Best Answer

As far as I know this is not used widely (if at all), but it should work if your ground connection is close to substation's ground and the soil is conductive enough.

The reason why it is not seen so often is that if the soil dries out you will be left with no electricity at all or very bad connection that appears and disappears randomly.

I suppose it can be used in a land where the soil is always wet to save some money on wires and stuff, but I would call that a bad idea to do...