Vancouver-based Pan American Goldfields Ltd. said the restoration of a dependable water supply has boosted gold production at its joint venture project in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Last month, the company's Cieneguita project, a joint venture with Minera Rio Tinto, produced 958 ounces of gold equivalent, up from 416 ounces of gold equivalent produced in June.

From Aug. 1 through Aug. 19 the joint venture produced 637 ounces of gold equivalent.

Production was curtailed during the first part of 2011 due to inadequate water supplies as a consequence of a severe drought that ended late June, said the company, which has operations in Mexico and Patagonia.