I am currently located in Phoenix, AZ and am looking to relocate. I visited Southwestern Missouri and found that there were a lot of problems with ground currents. This is something that I experienced and was told is a problem by those living in the area. I was told that there have been individuals that have had severe health related issues due to the ground currents, tried to remediate their homes/properties, and been unsuccessful.
I am now looking into relocating to Central Texas (the Brenham area) or Eastern Kentucky (somewhere on the Cumberland Plateau). I would appreciate it if anyone has had any experiences, made any measurements, or has any knowledge of ground currents or other EHS related issues in these areas.
When electric utilities first began their distribution to customers, it was a closed system where the power returned to the substation through wiring. This was the healthiest way to distribute power. But that all changed as utilities began to use the earth to for its return. This current takes the easiest path back to the substation which may be on the ground where you live or work.
It can be detected with a gaussmeter. I lived in an area where the magnetic field around 6 AM was 1.5 mG and then as more demand for power was put on the system it elevated to as high as 20 mG. I felt as if I had the flu everyday by 5 PM. This is very unhealthy and many people on my block could not walk - two of whom were only in their 40's.
Within this same utility's area was a subdivision where the magnetic field was as high as 60 mG and the area was getting a reputation for sick residents and it was difficult to sell houses. I reported these measurements to the utility company and told them that they were killing people. They had no comment, but soon afterwards a company came in and plowed new ground cables and the foreman of the crew said that the previous buried cables were old and cracked leaking power into the ground. This utility, Idaho Power, had been sued previously by a dairy farmer who was awarded millions, the largest amount ever awarded for stray current - which really isn't "stray" when the ground is intentionally being used.
I am very sensitive now to magnetic fields and will not live in area where it measures above 0.2 mG. I know some ES persons who live off-grid far away from electrical distribution systems so that the magnetic field in their environment is well below 0.1 mG.
I am also aware of where the problem can be the customer's doing such as an incorrectly wired water well. This can infect the aquifer and create huge magnetic fields over very large areas.
When you hear of a utility being sued by a farmer over dirty power it involves elevated ground currents which sicken cows and reduce milk output.