Meiko scales mountain for water-conscious hotel

Meiko has lent its expertise to an international hotel project where water consumption has been absolutely critical to the specification.

Bellevue Hotel, which is situated high up on Mount Pilatus in Switzerland, relies on water being pumped up through the mountain at high pressure into two reservoirs above the property, each of which holds 60,000 litres.

Consequently, the operators of the hotel are extremely cautious about the volume of water they use and therefore required new dishwashing technology capably of consuming as little as possible.

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They installed a Meiko M-iQ machine, which had to be delivered via helicopter, to support their self-service restaurant and claim it has enabled them to save around 10,000 litres of water a year

“The M-iQ washes some 1,200 place settings a day — it does an amazing job for such a compact system,” said Urs Jenny, a planning expert and president of ENAK, an Austrian association that sets energy requirements for industrial machines in hotels and restaurants.

"Wherever possible we have minimised our water consumption, particularly by employing dishwashing equipment that is designed to save energy and resources."

ENAK worked with Pilatus-Bahnen AG, a Swiss rail and hotel company on a £20m revival of the hotel and restaurant facilities and Mount Pilatus now boasts a tourist, business and conference resort of outstanding quality.

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